South Carolina is in mourning after a sheriff’s deputy died nearly three weeks after she was wounded in a standoff, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputy Farrah Turner, who passed away on Monday, was one of seven officers who were shot when authorities tried to serve a search warrant on Oct. 3.
Another officer, Sgt. Terrence Carraway, was also killed when officials say 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins opened fire on them.
“Farrah was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did,” Sheriff Kenney Boone said in a press 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.”
Hopkins was charged with murder after the shooting.
Three Florence County sheriff’s deputies went to Hopkins’ house to interview his adopted son, 28-year-old Seth Hopkins, and serve a search warrant, as part of an investigation into criminal sexual assault, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, whose office is conducting the investigation.
Officials say they didn’t realize how much fire power Hopkins had.
“The way the suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards, so he had an advantage. And the officers couldn’t get to the ones that’s down,” Boone told CNN affiliate WMBF.
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SOURCE: CNN, Darran Simon and Kelly Murray