Suspect in shooting of 7 officers bragged about gun skills

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Tributes to the fallen officer, Terrence Carraway, continued to pour in Thursday as the Florence County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect and told Fox Carolina they initially were drawn to the home in Florence to serve a warrant for a 27-year-old accused of sexually assaulting a minor. He was busted for disorderly conduct in 2014, and charged in both 2015 and 2017 for "running at large", an offense related to not restraining one's animals, records show.

A man suspected of shooting seven USA police officers during a stand-off on Wednesday has been identified as a disabled military veteran.

The sheriff's armored personnel carrier was brought in to recover the wounded during Wednesday's two-hour standoff, and the shooter finally released the children as he was taken into custody, authorities said.

At a press conference, Florence county Sheriff Kenney Boone said three county sheriff's deputies and four Florence police officers were shot during the incident.

- The death of a police officer and the shooting of several other law enforcement officials Wednesday has jolted Florence, South Carolina. They say three Florence County deputies were fired on first, then another four from the city of Florence, which included Carraway, were struck while trying to help out.

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The slain officer, Terrence Carraway, 52, of Darlington, had just been honored for 30 years of service with the Florence Police Department.

Images captured from his Facebook page show comments he made in 2014 talking about taking his 12-year-old to a shooting range and firing an M-14 rifle "set up exactly like one I used in Viet Nam in 69-70". "Pray for the bravest police officer I know".

Carraway "was a giant of a man, but he was the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him", the police chief said.

The condition of the other six is not yet known, although there are fears some may have been seriously wounded. "Today marks a awful day, I lost a good friend of mine, my friend for 30 years". There were children inside the home, but officers said all of them were okay.

The shooting took place off Hoffmeyer Road in the Vintage Place subdivision. "My heart just goes out to everyone that was affected, in the home...the officers especially, and their families and their coworkers".

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the ATF also responded to the scene.

Police say the two-hour confrontation happened after police tried to serve a search warrant at Mr Hopkins' home at about 16:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

This is the second shooting of multiple police officers in SC this year.

"This is simply devastating news from Florence".

President Donald Trump added in his own tweet: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in SC".

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President Donald Trump also took to social media to offer his support to the surviving law enforcement officers.