FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – Six law enforcement officers were wounded and one killed after officers came under fire while trying to serve a warrant in the city of Florence.
An official has identified a South Carolina police officer who authorities say was killed during a confrontation with a man who held children hostage as he shot seven law enforcement officers.
City of Florence spokesman John Wukela told the Associated Press that Officer Terrence Carraway was fatally shot Wednesday. The conditions of the six other wounded officers have not been released.
Wukela says Carraway had just celebrated 30 years as a police officer in the city.
Authorities say the suspect is in custody. Officials have not released the suspect’s name or condition.
Wukela says city police, working with the sheriff’s office, were responding to an incident in the area when they came under fire.
Authorities said the shootings happened in Vintage Place, an upscale neighborhood in the western part of the city.
President Donald Trump is offering his condolences to the South Carolina officers shot in a fatal confrontation with a suspect who held children hostage in a home and fired at deputies.
In a tweet Wednesday, Trump said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in South Carolina.”
He added: “We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do 24/7/365.”