Cop Killed And 6 Others Injured By Hostage Taker In South Carolina

Cop Killed And 6 Others Injured By Hostage Taker In South Carolina

Seven police officers have been shot and one of them - a 30-year veteran of the force - has died after a standoff with a man holding children hostage.

The shooting began as police tried to carry out a routine search warrant in a well-off neighbourhood in Florence, South Carolina.

Three sheriff's deputies were wounded and had to be rescued by a bulletproof vehicle, said Major Mike Nunn.

Four police were then shot while going to their aid, and it was one of these officers that was killed.

He has been named by as Terrence Carraway, who had recently marked 30 years in the job.

"I want you to pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer I have ever known," Florence police chief Allen Heidler told reporters.

Holding back tears, he said: "Today will mark a very horrific day in the annals of the Florence police department.

"We lost a good friend of mine - an officer I've known for 30 years."

Sheriff Kenney Boone said: "There's going to be a lot of officers going to need counselling that were there when the incident occurred.

"These officers went there not knowing the firepower this suspect had - they thought it was random search warrant."

The gunman held out for two hours while holding children hostage, before eventually being arrested.

Local TV station WBTW said he had surrendered after talking to a negotiator and was taken to hospital.

The condition of the other six officers has not been disclosed.

"This is simply devastating news from Florence," tweeted South Carolina governor Henry McMaster.

"The selfless acts of bravery from the men and women in law enforcement is real, just like the power of prayer is real."

Donald Trump tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in South Carolina.

"We are forever grateful for what our Law Enforcement Officers do."

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