A 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department, he was minutes away when he got the call to help his comrades. He did not say why he wasn't using state police like most law enforcement agencies do in officer shootings in SC.
Sutton says Caraway "crumpled once he was shot and when other officers tried to get to him, they were shot".
The shooting in Florence ended in a two-hour standoff in a neighborhood where the shooter took children hostage inside a house.
SLED agents arrived at the crime scene nearly immediately after the first shots rang out, but were told to leave by Florence County sheriff Kenney Boone - who holds a grudge against the agency owing to a personal matter.
"It is my understanding that they didn't know the level of fire power that they were going into", he said. He noted that the suspect's "view of fire" gave him a crucial "advantage" over the officers, and mean that responding units "couldn't get to the ones who were down".
South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster, solicited prayers for those officers who remain injured in hospital - their condition is now unknown.
Authorities have not described what weapons were involved, but Hopkins apparently owned several guns, including an M-14 rifle. As the authorities processed a crime scene that Lott said was large and complex, and prepared to bring charges, a motorcade escorted Carraway's body back to Florence from Charleston, where he had been taken after the shooting.
"I have been shooting competitively since 1984 and lovin' it".
"I just love the smell of gunpowder in the mornin's", he once posted on Facebook.
It was a stunning shooting in an area already reeling from record flooding from Hurricane Florence.
Withering gunfire continued as scores of police converged on the area amid reports of an "active shooter" and deployed armored personnel carriers to provide cover for the wounded and move them from harm's way, officials said.
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Florence police officer Terrence Carraway, 52, who had just received his 30-year service pin from the department, was killed in the shooting.
"Pray for the family who lost the bravest police officer that I have ever known".
Major Mike Nunn, with the Florence County Sheriff's Department, said officers were serving a warrant when the suspect began shooting, wounding three deputies.
Cheryl Turner Hopkins told a WPDE-TV reporter outside the courtroom that she is sorry for the officers' families and asked for prayers.
A 20-year-old man inside of Hopkins' home was also wounded.
"They advise the patient is going to be behind a residence, and the suspect was still firing". Two other wounded officers were released the night of the shooting.
Condolences and outpourings of support rolled in.
President Donald Trump and SC lawmakers also offered prayers for victims.
"This is simply devastating news from Florence", Gov. Henry McMaster said on social media. Christian McCall pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without parole.
CBS News correspondent David Begnaud joined CBSN from Florence, South Carolina, with the latest.