South Carolina: Seven officers shot, suspect in custody
Seven US law enforcement officers have been shot, one of them fatally, in an incident in South Carolina, officials say.
Police in the city of Florence had been responding to a get in touch with for help from the sheriff’s workplace.
A gunman had been holding kids hostage and was involved in a two-hour stand-off prior to surrendering and becoming taken to hospital.
He has not been identified and the motive is unclear.
All the children are now safe, police said.
At a press conference, Florence county Sheriff Kenney Boone mentioned three county sheriff’s deputies and four Florence police officers have been shot in the course of the incident.
One particular of the Florence officers, named by neighborhood media as Terrence Carraway, 52, died from his injuries.
“Fire was being shot all more than,” Sheriff Boone stated, explaining the suspect’s “view of fire” gave him an “advantage” more than the officers.
“These officers went there unknowing the firepower this suspect had,” he said. “They believed it was a random search warrant.”
The situation of the other six is not but identified, even though there are fears some might have been seriously wounded.
US President Donald Trump has tweeted about the shooting, quoting South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
The Officer Down Memorial Page lists the names of 23,408 US police officers killed in the line of duty – 112 so far this year.
More than 15,000 people have been killed by guns in the United States in 2017, according to a list compiled by tracking website Gun Violence Archive.
That figure does not incorporate an estimated 22,000 annual suicides utilizing firearms.
Published at Thu, 04 Oct 2018 08:22:39 +0000