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Thousands expected at funeral for Sgt. Terrence Carraway

October 8, 2018

Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway was shot fatally in the line of duty Wednesday.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Thousands of people, including many law enforcement officers from near and far, are expected to turn out Monday for the funeral of Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway.

Carraway died in the line of duty Wednesday afternoon while backing up three Florence County Sheriff’s deputies who were ambushed while attempting to serve a search warrant.

Six law enforcement officers – the three deputies and three other city officers – were also shot and are recovering from their injuries.

Carraway had a family service Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Darlington followed by a public viewing.

Monday’s viewing and service will be at the Florence Center with the viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. and the service to start at noon. Burial will follow in Florence Memorial Gardens.

Those planning to attend the service are encouraged to park in the Toys R Us parking lot or GE parking lot once parking at the Florence Center is full, according to a release posted to the City of Florence’s Facebook page. PDRTA will be running a free shuttle service from those satellite lots during that time.

Donations for the families of the officers can be made at any Pee Dee First Citizens Bank branch, according to a city of Florence news release. These donations should be directed to the City of Florence Police Benevolent Fund and can be earmarked for specific families. Online contributions can be made at https://pay.xpress-pay.com/.

“Again, thank you for all of your continued support and for reaching out to us over the past few days. We cannot express how grateful we are for all of you,” city officials said through the release.

One Florence police officer, Sgt. Scott Williamson, remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Besides Williamson, who works with the community action team, the wounded officers are:

>> Cpl. Brian Hart – Florence Police Department (traffic safety unit).

>> Lance Cpl. Travis Scott – Florence Police Department (community action team).

>> Deputy Arie Davis – Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

>> Investigator Sarah Miller – Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

>> Investigator Farrrah Turner – Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Carraway, wounded at the scene, died of his wounds later at a Florence area hospital.

Two men at the center of the incident are being held without bond after they were formally arrested and arraigned Friday.

Frederick Hopkins, 74, was charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder Friday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. Hopkins had been in the hospital since he was taken into custody after the Wednesday afternoon shooting, but he was taken to jail Friday, Lott said.

Florence County investigators called Hopkins’ home and arranged to speak to his 28-year-old son, Seth Hopkins, about a sex assault investigation Wednesday afternoon, Lott said, adding that they had a search warrant.

The younger Hopkins is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree, statutory, according to the Florence County Detention Center’s website.

Both Hopkins list 932 Ashton Drive, a home in Vintage Place, as their residence. The residence is situated at the far side of a cul-de-sac and has a commanding view of all of the roads that lead to it. Portions of the crime scene were three blocks from the residence.

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