Chief Allen Heidler of the Florence Police Department in South Carolina sadly reports the death of Officer Terrence Carraway.
Officer Carraway, 52, died as a result of a gunshot wound he sustained assisting three Florence County Sheriff’s Department deputies in a barricaded gunman incident.
Sheriff’s deputies went to a residence to serve a search warrant. They were met with the suspect opening fire on them with a rifle from the residence. All three deputies sustained gunshot wounds and called for assistance.
Four officers from the Florence Police Department responded to assist the fallen officers and they were also met with gunfire. Additional officers also responded to assist. Eventually, all of the wounded officers were removed from the line of fire via the use of an armored vehicle.
The suspect remained inside the residence and continued to fire upon officers. It was reported that a 20-year-old male inside the residence was also shot and that several children were inside the house being held hostage.
The wounded officers were transported to McLeod Regional Medical Center and the Carolinas Hospital System. Carraway succumbed to his gunshot wound at the hospital.
An autopsy is scheduled to assist with the investigation.
The suspect released the hostages and was taken into custody about two hours later.
“Officers went there unknowing the firepower the suspect had,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said. “Fire was being shot all over. The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage. The officers couldn’t get to the ones who were down.”
“I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known,” Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler told media outlets at the shooting scene, according to WLTX. “Today marks a horrible day, I lost a good friend of mine, my friend for 30 years.”
Carraway’s Facebook page shows that he loved the Oakland Raiders and was a fan of motorcycles.
The Copperheads Motorcycle Club announced late Wednesday the group would be riding in Carraway’s procession “to honor his life and sacrifice”; the group was inviting other bikers to join the procession.
Terrence Carraway served the Florence Police Department for 13 years. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, retiring as a Technical Sergeant.
Officer Terrence Carraway is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Wednesday, October 3, 2018.