Police suspect Vietnam War vet as a shooter

October 4, 2018 - By Justin Balkhi

According to the new report from police of Florence, South Carolina, the suspect who shot 7 police officers in a deadly ambush might be veteran of the Vietnam War.

The tragedy happened on Wednesday in Florence. One of the officers has already died, and four of them in a hospital.

Police officials confirmed the information that during ambush they were pinned by the shooter and could not get to the officers who were shot for almost half an hour.

There is a video from the cellphone of gunfire.

The source from law enforcement says that the main suspect is Frederick Hopkins of 74 years old. He is a Vietnam War vet, a former attorney, also known as a good sniper for the police.

Allen Heidler, the Chief of Florence Police said that officers did not expect an ambush and was overwhelmed.

He says that officers did not expect to see such firepower when they answered the call. According to the officials, police officers were armed with a search warrant and had a task to enter the home of the 27-year-old suspect, who is under investigation for a sexual assault.

There were four police officers and three female deputies of Florence County. All of them were wounded. On Thursday two were released from the hospital.

According to the police, armored vehicle that was called to take injured could not come close for almost 30 minutes, to provide help to wounded people.

Sergeant Terrence Carraway died on Wednesday from wounds in the hospital.

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