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Suspect in deadly S.C. cop shooting held children hostage, police say

By Sommer Brokaw

Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The suspect accused of shooting seven law enforcement officers, one fatally, near Florence, S.C. was holding children hostage during the incident, authorities said.

The children were not hurt after a two-hour stand-off that began as authorities tried to serve a warrant related to a possible child sex crime, officials said.

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The suspected shooter, Fred Hopkins, is now in custody, NBC's Kerry Sanders reported for TODAY.

The man opened fire while authorities were serving a warrant in an upscale outside of Florence around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Florence County Sheriff's Maj. Mike Nunn said. Officers were gathering evidence for an alleged sexual assault involving a foster child when someone police described as a man his 70s opened fire as they knocked on the door, TODAY reported.

One police officer died and eight people, including four police officers, three sheriff's deputies and a 20-year-old man sustained gunshot wounds in the shooting.

Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the officer who died as Terrence Carraway, 52, of Darlington, in a WBTW-13 Thursday morning update on the shooting.

City of Florence spokesman John Wukela said Carraway, a 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department, was minutes away when he got the call to help fellow officers. He died on his way to the hospital.

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Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler, also a close friend of Carraway, called him "the bravest police officer" he's ever known.

Details on the conditions of the other injured victims were not available early Thursday.

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