4 still in critical condition after shooting of officers in Florence


FLORENCE, SC (WSPA) – A man accused of shooting 7 law enforcement officers, resulting in the death of one of those officers, has been charged with murder and multiple attempted murder charges.

According to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Frederick Hopkins, 74, was formally charged Friday afternoon with the murder of Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway, as well as six additional counts of attempted murder for the shooting of the other officers.

Lott said Frederick Hopkins is currently being held in custody at a medical facility and said he anticipates that Hopkins will be released from the medical facility soon.

Frederick Hopkins was denied bond in a hearing on Friday afternoon.

Lott said the three deputies had responded to the home on Wednesday to question Frederick Hopkins’ adopted son — Seth Hopkins, 28 — in regards to a criminal sexual assault investigation.

“The three investigators from Florence County had made arrangements to interview Seth Hopkins at the residence,” Lott said. “They did not have an arrest warrant. They were going there to interview him. They also had a search warrant, but they had communicated with him (Seth Hopkins) to meet him there to interview him. Once the first there officers, Florence County officers, arrived on the scene, they were ambushed and they were shot. And then the responding officers were also shot.”

Lott said during the news conference on Friday that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the shooting investigation, also took over the criminal sexual assault investigation.

“Today, we’ve arrested Seth Hopkins, 27 years old,” Lott said. “He’s charged with criminal sexual conduct-2nd degree.”

Seth Hopkins was denied bond Friday evening and was also denied a public defender. 

In a news release issued by the sheriff’s department, both Frederick Hopkins and Seth Hopkins will be processed by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office before they are transferred to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County.

Lott said the FBI Evidence Response Team is assisting their office and helping them to process the crime scene.

We reported on Thursday that two Florence police department officers had been released from the hospital following the shooting.

On Friday, the sheriff’s office said that the remaining three Florence County deputies and one Florence Police Department officer remain in critical condition at this time.

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