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Second SC law enforcement officer dies following Florence shooting, sheriff says

A second officer has died after being hit by gunfire in the shooting that injured or killed seven South Carolina law enforcement officers.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Deputy Farrah B. Turner died Monday.

“Farrah was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did,” Boone said in a news release. “She dedicated her life to serving the victims of the worst crimes imaginable. Please pray for Farrah’s family, our FCSO family and for our community as we mourn her loss.”

Turner was “mortally wounded in the line of duty while attempting to serve a search warrant on a residence in Florence County on Oct. 3,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Earlier Monday, Turner’s mother released a statement that the deputy was fighting for her life, The State reported. Turner had her feet amputated, according to her mother, Katie Goodwin.

Turner’s legs were severely wounded in the shooting, WPDE reported. According to a GoFundMe account set up for her, Turner had undergone eight operations, before dying Monday.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster shared his condolences on Twitter.

We are heartbroken tonight to lose another officer as a result of the horrific shooting in Florence. Investigator Farrah B. Turner passed away from her injuries after fighting for her life for more than two weeks,” McMaster tweeted. “Please join me and Peggy in praying for her family and loved ones through this difficult hour.”

The Republican’s opponent in the November election also shared his condolences.

“The horrific, murderous rampage in Florence earlier this month has taken another brave soul from us,” Democrat James Smith posted on Facebook. Running mate Mandy Powers Norrell “and I offer our deepest condolences to her family, although we know nothing can adequately pay tribute to the sacrifice they have laid on the altar of public safety.”

Turner was one of two deputies still in the hospital after the shootout. Florence Police Department public information officer Mike Brandt said Sgt. Scott Williamson is recovering at a medical facility in Georgia, per WPDE. Two other deputies — Sarah Miller and Arie Davis — were released from the hospital over the weekend.

Florence Police Officer Terrence Carraway was killed in the shooting, The State reported.

The shootout started shortly after investigators from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department arrived to serve a warrant on Seth David Hopkins, a suspect in a case involving criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

As deputies arrived, Seth Hopkins’ adopted father, Fred Hopkins Jr., opened fire, shooting at deputies with a pistol and two military assault rifles, the Associated Press reported. More than 400 rounds were fired, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, whose department is leading the investigation.

“They got out of the car, and they were shot before they got to the door,” Lott said, according to The State. “These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. This was an ambush you can’t prevent.”

The 74-year-old Fred Hopkins was arrested following a two-hour shootout, and two days later, he was charged with six counts of attempted murder and one count of murder. There is no word whether his charges will be amended following Turner’s death.

Seth Hopkins was also arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Turner worked in law enforcement for 12 years after graduating from Lake City High School and Francis Marion University, scnow.com reported. She worked as a school resource officer at Brockington Elementary School, Johnson Middle School and Timmonsville High School.

No funeral arrangements have been made, but will be announced at a later date, according to Florence County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Major Michael Nunn.

In addition to Gov. McMaster, several law enforcement agencies and prominent people — including South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley and Richland County deputy Chris Mastriannni of “Live PD” fame — offered their condolences.

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