The Latest: SC orders flags to half-staff after shooting

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of seven South Carolina law enforcement officers (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

South Carolina’s governor has ordered flags lowered to half-staff after the shooting of seven law-enforcement officers, including one who died.

Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Twitter Thursday that the lowering shows “respect for the law enforcement officers who were senselessly shot” the previous day in Florence.

He asked South Carolinians to reflect on the officers’ sacrifice.

A candlelight vigil Thursday night is being arranged to honor the victims.

WPDE-TV reports it will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the old Florence County Courthouse. Participants are asked to bring their own candles.


11 a.m.

A longtime officer killed in a shootout in South Carolina is being remembered as a caring man who loved giving back.

WPDE-TV reporter Tonya Brown says she first met 52-year-old Florence Police Officer Terrence Carraway when she began reporting in Florence 22 years ago.

Brown gave an emotional live report late Wednesday night outside the neighborhood where authorities say 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins opened fire, killing Carraway and wounding six other officers.

Brown says Carraway did work with the Police Athletic League youth program. Many people leaving remembrances on Carraway’s Facebook page have referenced him as “coach.”

Brown says Carraway “had a heart of gold.” She says the 30-year police department veteran had told her he was ready for retirement but wasn’t done giving back to his community.


10:25 a.m.

A man accused of shooting seven South Carolina police officers outside his home posted on social media about being a competitive marksman and taking his children shooting with him.

Images captured from Frederick Hopkins’ Facebook 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.”

“I just love the smell of gunpowder in the mornin’s,” he wrote in the post to commemorate his 70th birthday. The post also says he had been “shooting competitively since 1984 and lovin’ it.”

Other posts, from 2016, show images of rifles and say he was the “South Carolina 3-Gun Silhouette Champion for 2011.”

Authorities have identified Hopkins as the suspect in the shootings of seven law enforcement officers in Florence Wednesday. Florence Police Officer Terrence Carraway was killed.


9:50 a.m.

The man accused of killing a police officer and wounding six other law enforcement officers in a South Carolina standoff is a military veteran who received disability payments after being wounded in the Vietnam War.

That’s according to a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling in a divorce case involving 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins and his ex-wife Carol Hopkins.

The court noted in the year 2000 that Frederick Hopkins was injured in the Vietnam War and he was receiving a disability payment of $1,127 a month. Hopkins also was a lawyer, admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1980, but was later disbarred.

Authorities said Frederick Hopkins is under arrest in a hospital after falling on his head at some point during the standoff, which began when deputies tried to serve a search warrant at the home.


9:15 a.m.

The suspect in the shooting of seven law-enforcement officers in South Carolina is a disbarred lawyer who has been charged several times in recent years, starting with a 2014 count of disorderly conduct.

Authorities identified the shooter in the Wednesday night incident as 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins. According to public court records, Hopkins’ charges include two in 2015 and 2017 for “running at large,” an offense related to not restraining one’s animals.

Public records show he’s the husband of Florence divorce attorney Cheryl Turner-Hopkins. South Carolina Bar records show Frederick Hopkins used to be a lawyer but has been disbarred.

Officials say one of the officers Hopkins shot was killed.

WIS-TV reports that Florence County Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby says Hopkins is hospitalized with a head injury and unable to speak with officers.


9 a.m.

Authorities have named the suspect they believe shot seven police officers in South Carolina as they tried to serve a search warrant.

WIS-TV reports that Florence County Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby identified the suspect Thursday as 74-year-old Fred Hopkins.

Kirby says Hopkins is hospitalized with a head injury and unable to speak with officers. WPDE-TV reports Hopkins fell at the scene.

Kirby says officers were trying to serve a warrant involving an accusation that a 27-year-old person at the home sexually assaulted a foster child in the home.

One officer was killed and six others injured Wednesday in an upscale Florence neighborhood.


12:05 a.m.

Authorities had to use a bullet-proof vehicle to rescue seven police officers in South Carolina who were shot by a man as they tried to serve a warrant.

Florence County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Nunn said three deputies were shot around 4 p.m. Wednesday from a man inside a home in an upscale Florence neighborhood.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler says four of his officers were then shot, one fatally, as they rushed to the scene to assist the deputies.

Heidler asked for prayers for the slain officer, calling him the “bravest police officer I have ever known.”

Nunn says the man held children hostage during a two-hour standoff, but they weren’t harmed.

Authorities didn’t name the suspect or say why they were serving the warrant.

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