The Latest: Wounded deputies were investigating sex assault

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

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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