ONE YEAR LATER: Loved ones, community honor those killed, injured in Florence ambush

ONE YEAR LATER: Loved ones, community honor those killed, injured in Florence ambush

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – Thursday marked one year since a deadly officer-involved shooting in Florence.

On Oct. 3, 2018, authorities went to a home in the Vintage Place neighborhood to serve a search warrant on Seth Hopkins following accusations he sexually assaulted minors in the residence. That’s when Seth’s father, Fred Hopkins, allegedly opened fire on officers in an ambush attack.

Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway died at the scene. Florence County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Farrah Turner died from injuries sustained in the attack a few weeks later. Five other officers were also injured.

Thursday, ceremonies were held in the Pee Dee in honor of Carraway and Turner.

The ceremonies included:

  • A balloon release was held at Lake City High School, Turner’s alma mater.
  • A balloon release was held at the Fallen Officer’s Memorial under construction on D Avenue and Main Street in Darlington.
  • Florence County officials have also declared Oct. 3 “Heroes Day.” A dedication ceremony was held at the FMU Performing Arts Center. Gov. Henry McMaster was the keynote speaker.

At the event at the FMU Performing Arts Center, several speakers honored the lives of Carraway and Turner. Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements hosted the event. Turner’s choir performed at the ceremony.

“They served and sacrificed for a purpose far greater than themselves," Florence County Council Chair Waymon Mumford said. "I can think of no truer definition of a hero.”

Turner’s mother Katie Godwin and Carraway’s wife Allison were at the celebration of life. They both received plaques honoring their late loved ones for Heroes Day.

“As you all can imagine, October 3rd of last year had a major impact on our department," Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said. "But from the moment of that horrendous tragedy and throughout the entire year, we have been touched deeply by the many acts of kindness extended from people around this country.”

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