Slain Florence policeman Terrence Carraway escorted home by Lowcountry officers

Procession for Sgt. Terrence Carraway leaving Charleston, SC (WCIV).png
Procession for Sgt. Terrence Carraway leaving Charleston, SC (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The body of Sgt. Terrence Carraway has been transported back to Florence, South Carolina following an autopsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office and other Lowcountry agencies shut down Interstate 26 Thursday as officers escorted Carraway back to Florence following his autopsy.

First responders, including members of Carraway's Air Force Reserve unit, lined the interstate to pay respects as the procession passed.

Carraway, 52, was one of seven law enforcement officers and one civilian shot Wednesday in Florence. Carraway died. Several others remain in critical condition.

The shooting began as deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Office were responding to a home in the Vintage Place subdivision off Hoffemeyer Road to serve a search warrant.

The homeowner, identified by authorities as 74-year-old Frederick T. Hopkins, opened fire on deputies as they arrived, injuring three, according to Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone.

Officers from the Florence Police Department came to the scene to assist, at which point Carraway and three other officers were also shot, Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said.

Hopkins was not the subject of the warrant, according to a report by the Associated Press. Deputies instead were searching for a 27-year-old child sex assault suspect, the AP says.

A public viewing for Sgt. Carraway will take place on Monday, October 8 from 9-11 a.m. at 300 West Radio Drive, with a memorial service following at 12 noon at the Florence Center.