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California officers from Cannonball Run honor Florence’s fallen officers

April 15, 2019 GMT

EFFINGHAM, S.C. — U.S. Attorney General William Barr soon will receive patches honoring Florence County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Farrah Turner and Florence Police Department Sgt. Terrence F. Carraway.

A group of 16 police officers traveling from the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach, California, to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., on a memorial cannonball run stopped for an hour Sunday morning at the Florence County Sheriff’s Office to honor Turner and Carraway.

As the group travels, they are presented with patches honoring fallen officers.

Boone said the group plans to present the patches to Barr.

At the ceremony where the patches were presented, Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone, Turner’s mother, Katie Godwin, and her aunt, Linda Godwin-Weaver, FSCO Cpt. Timmy McFadden, and FSCO Investigator Thomas McFadden spoke in Turner’s memory.

Boone also presented challenge coins to each person representing the Cannonball Memorial Run.

The traveling officers also presented Boone and Godwin with plaques honoring Turner and the Florence Police Department a plaque honoring Carraway.

Carraway and Turner died as a result of an ambush that started after a search warrant was served on Oct. 3 at a house in the Vintage Place Subdivision off of Hoffmeyer Road just west of Florence.

Turner and two other deputies assigned to serve the warrant came under fire from the house. Carraway and three other Florence officers responded as backup and also came under fire.

Carraway died that night from his injuries. Turner died Oct. 22 from her injuries.

Frederick Hopkins, 74, is charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.

Florence County investigators called Hopkins’ home and arranged to speak to his 28-year-old son, Seth Hopkins, about a sex assault investigation, Richland County Sheriff Lott said, adding that they had a search warrant. Lott’s office investigated the shooting.

Seth Hopkins has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor against two different girls.

The Cannonball Memorial Run began in December of 2016 when three officers from the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Office traveled around the country to show solidarity with police departments that had lost officers. The idea was to complete a cannonball style run like the “Cannonball Run” movies but as a memorial rather than as a race.

The 2019 Cannonball Memorial Run began on Thursday and was scheduled to conclude at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the group’s published itinerary. On the run, the officers expected to travel 3,528 miles, make only nine stops and complete the run in 77 hours.