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Funeral set for Police Sgt Carraway killed in Florence ambush


A police officer shot and killed during what authorities say was an ambush in South Carolina is being laid to rest.

Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway's funeral is scheduled for noon Monday at the city's civic center. There will be two hours of visitation before the ceremony.

Investigators say Carraway was killed and six other officers wounded by 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins in his upscale Florence County neighborhood Wednesday.

Authorities say Hopkins first shot three deputies coming to his home to question his 27-year-old son in a sex assault case.

Investigators then say Hopkins fired on other officers who rushed to help, hitting four Florence city officers, including Carraway.

Carraway has worked for the police department for over 30 years and was heavily involved in youth sports and mentoring.

Officers honored Carraway with a last call during his service. 

"My friend, my brother, Sgt. Terrence Carraway, laid down his life in a supreme act of devotion for the people who are so precious to him," Chief Allen Heidler said during Carraway's last call. "The City of Florence Police Department salutes a true hero, Police Sgt. Terrence F. Carraway, call sign cruiser 2, badge number 272, retired. End of Watch, October 3, 2018.”

Scanner traffic can be heard, saying, in part, "Sgt. Terrence Carraway, Badge 272, Florence County Central Dispatch. Cruiser 1, central dispatch, we’re receiving no response from cruiser 2, badge 272, please advise.”

“Central, be advised, 272 will not be responding," another officer said. "272 answered his last call October the 3rd, 2018. Rest in peace 272, Sgt. Terrence Carraway. Our brother, your brothers and sisters in blue have it from here. We love you Sgt. Terrence Carraway."

Carraway's obituary can be read here.

Information on GoFundMe and related accounts can be found here.

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