One law enforcement officer has died and six others were injured after a suspect opened fire at them from inside a Florence County home Wednesday evening.
The Florence County Coroner’s Office said 52-year-old Terrence Carraway died at a hospital. Carraway was among four city of Florence officers shot in the incident, according to Police Chief Allen Heidler. Three Florence County deputies were also shot. The conditions of the other victims were not released as of midnight Thursday.
“Today we lost a good friend of mine,” Heidler said. “An officer that I’ve known for 30 years.”
Florence County Emergency Management Division said the suspect was taken into custody a little after 6 p.m.
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said the incident began shortly before 5 p.m., when deputies tried to serve a warrant at the home in Vintage Place, just outside the Florence city limits. Florence Police responded to the shots-fired call, which is when Carraway was apparently shot.
The suspect later surrendered and was also taken to the hospital. They will be identified once released. A 20-year-old man inside the home was also shot and injured.
“These officers went there unknowing of the firepower this suspect had,” Boone said. “They thought it was a random search warrant.”
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation. Normally investigations of officer-involved shootings are done by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). However, it is up to the police department or sheriff’s office involved to formally request help. It was not immediately clear why Richland County deputies were chosen.
“This is simply devastating news from Florence,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement. “The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real. Peggy and I ask that you pray for them, pray for their recovery, pray for their families, and pray for all of Florence.”
There have been 31 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina so far this year, according to State Law Enforcement Division figures. Back in January, four officers were ambushed by a domestic violence suspect in York County. Detective Mike Doty died in the incident.