Officer killed in shooting spent 30 years with department

Terrence Carraway                CBS News

Terrence Carraway CBS News

"Please put the families of these officers in your prayers", Boone said.

The man who shot seven police officers during a SC standoff - killing one of them - was identified Thursday as a disabled Vietnam veteran and disbarred lawyer who once declared he "loved the smell of gunpowder in the mornin, '" according to new reports. He was killed, and six other law enforcement officials were injured during the two-hour standoff. The state Supreme Court, in an order reflecting the discipline, wrote that Hopkins had been accused of wrongfully collecting money and held in contempt of court when he did not swiftly pay $18,000.

Kinnard reported from Columbia, South Carolina.

The station said a 27-year-old man was also shot. He did not elaborate on that charge.

Judge Tommy Mourounas denied bond for 28-year-old Seth Hopkins at a bond hearing Friday evening.

Neither son could be reached for comment Thursday, but social media suggested that both had been in touch with the elder Hopkins within the previous year or so. A 2014 post on his Facebook page said he celebrated his 70th birthday at a shooting range by repeatedly firing his M-14 rifle, set up exactly like the one he used in Vietnam.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Friday that a foster child who lived in the home was the victim of the alleged sexual assault, but authorities did not address that issue Friday. Officers from all over arrived to help.

"That made him a great cop". "These officers did absolutely nothing wrong". "I don't want anybody to think their procedures were incorrect, that anything they did was improper. Are they going to come here?' I mean, you just don't know". Divorce records show Fred Hopkins served in the Vietnam War. He was charged in 2015 and 2017 for "running at large" (crimes related to animal abuse), reports WFYMY News. It is his only known prior arrest.

Police were ultimately able to rescue the children.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also reacted to the shooting on social media.

No official details on the shooting were immediately available.

Florence County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby said Hopkins had the upper hand in the shootout: "The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards".

Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutchken later told WBTW one of the officers, a member of the Florence City Police Department died.

The extent of the other officers' injuries is not yet known.

President Donald Trump said his thoughts were with the sheriff's office and police department. 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. Williamson is the only one still receiving treatment, according to Brandt.

On cell phone video recorded near the shooting, scores of gunshots can be heard.

During the standoff, the sheriff's armored personnel carrier was brought in to recover the wounded. Officers then called for backup.

"This is a guy that laughed all the time", Heidler said of Carraway. "They will be scarred for a long period of time", he said.

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