Community reacts to second officer death in shooting in Florence


FLORENCE, SC (WSPA) – Nearly three weeks after being shot in an ambush, a second officer in Florence has died.

Deputy Farrah Turner’s body was taken to Charleston for an autopsy and was then returned to the Pee Dee on Tuesday.

Turner died on Monday.

Across the state flags could be seen flying at half staff in her honor.

Turner was one of the seven officers injured in the deadly shooting in Florence and had been fighting for her life ever since.

At the home of where the ambush took place on Ashton Drive, the windows are boarded up and there’s no car in sight. In the surrounding area, crime scene tape has since been removed and the dozens of law enforcement vehicles that once lined the street are now gone.

“When I heard that was happening, I really couldn’t believe it. I was in awe,” Florence resident Troy Smalley said. “I was actually on a delivery and saw helicopters flying around. It was a very weird feeling in the air.”

Sgt. Terrence Carraway was killed in that attack and the Florence community has spent the last two weeks healing from his death.

But now Florence will have to go through the healing process again, following Turner’s death Monday evening.

“This officer was fighting for her life and the family,” Rev. Frank Fortune said. “That’s what hurts. What they’re going through for nothing. A senseless thing like this.”

Along with the flags at half staff, a patrol car sits in front of the county complex where Turner once worked — just a few signs to show her family and the families of the other officers still fighting for life that Florence will bounce back.

“Anytime they’re trying to police the world and make sure things are safe for someone else, and to lose their lives like that … it’s very heart wrenching.”

Funeral services for Deputy Turner have been scheduled for Sunday at the Florence Center.

The solicitor for Florence County told 7News that new charges against Fred Hopkins, 74, the suspected shooter, have been upgraded.

Hopkins is now charged with two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

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