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CCSO sends officers to support slain cop

Law enforcement officers from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office are in Florence County helping to support that agency’s men and women in blue, as the Florence County Sheriff’s Office struggles with the shooting death of one its deputies.
Sgt. Terrence Carraway with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office was shot and subsequently killed during an ambush-style assault on multiple law enforcement officers from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect in the Oct. 3rd shooting – 28-year-old Seth Hopkins – was set to be investigated by officers for a sexual assault claim against a child when the shooting occurred.
Carraway was one of the officers who were en route to the suspect’s house.
Hopkins has since been arrested and is in custody.
Thousands of members of the public were set to attend Carraway’s funeral, which was held on Monday.
When the shooting first occurred last week, 10 members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Florence County. They assisted in securing the crime scene. Since then, pairs of local deputies have stayed in Florence each night, making sure the crime scene has stayed secure while it is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), according to Jason Chapman, a major with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. Chapman was also recently named the local agency’s newest Public Information Officer.
He was also on the first team of 10 men from the CCSO who initially responded to the shooting.
Chapman says the ambush-style shooting “could not have been prevented.”
According to him, the suspect is accused of lying in wait for the officers. His home sat on the top of a hill inside the neighborhood. “This neighborhood where the shooting occurred is 10 times the size of Forest Hills, so our being there to keep it secure was vital,” said Chapman, on Monday.
Chapman is a 21-year veteran in law enforcement. He says there have been several occasions in his career where a “routine” call turns dangerous. “Saying something is routine is the most dangerous thing you can do,” he said. ‘What happened is tragic, heart-breaking … It is certainly disturbing that this can happen.”
Local officers will continue to serve in Florence County through this weekend, said Chapman.
The FBI has not yet released details on the shooting or suspect’s motive in the case, as the investigation is still pending.

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