A South Carolina police officer who was one of those injured during a deadly standoff earlier this month has tragically passed away. Farrah Turner, a Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator, died Monday after spending three weeks in critical condition following an incident on Oct 3. in which a man opened fire on police officers, killing one and injuring several others.
“Farrah was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said in a statement, as reported by ABC News. “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.”
Florence Police Department veteran Terrence Carraway, 52, was also killed in the horrific incident. Authorities have charged Frederick T. Hopkins Jr. with murder and attempted murder following the shooting. Police explained how Hopkins fired several shots when officers arrived to serve a search warrant on his property in connection with a sexual assault. The 28-year-old son of Frederick, Seth Hopkins, has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years old and another count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14 years.
When additional officers arrived at the scene to assist, Hopkins continued to fire upon them.
The elderly man is reported to be a Vietnam war veteran and marksman. Upon searching his property following the assault, police recovered nearly 130 weapons, according to the Post and Courier.
According to a GoFundMe page set up to help the family with expenses, Turner had to undergo “numerous operations” during her time in hospital as medics battled to save her life.
The page noted that Farrah was “a phenomenal, selfless woman of faith and a true hero to her community,” adding that she had “devoted her life to protecting others.”
“Now it is time that we do our part to show our appreciation for her service and commitment.”
South Carolina governor Henry McMaster said he was “heartbroken” at the loss of yet another officer.
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.
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) October 23, 2018
Many supporters left notes of condolence on the page. “Words can’t explain the loss you feel,” one person wrote. “I am sorry for your pain. It’s hard to see Gods plan through the pain, be assured He has one! Please find comfort in this knowledge.”
“I’m so sorry to hear tonight of Farrah’s death,” another added. “Praying for her family and friends to find peace.”
The other two officers wounded in the horrific attack were met with rapturous applause when they left hospital Friday.
Two of our girls have left the hospital. God is good!!! #florencestong #fcso #fightfarahfight
Posted by GinaMichael Brown on Friday, October 19, 2018
Do keep officer Turner’s family in your prayers at this difficult time.