Bond denied for suspect charged with murder in Florence County officer-involved shooting

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Bond has been denied for 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins who, on Friday, was formally charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder in Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting in Florence County.

Hopkins was in custody at a medical facility. Once released, he was transported to the Richland County Detention Center, according to officials. He will then be taken back to Florence County for a bond hearing.

Florence Officer Terrence Carraway died and six other officers were injured during the incident. Florence Police Department Officer Brian Hart, Officer Travis Scott, Officer Scott Williamson, Florence County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arie Davis, FCSO Investigator Sarah Miller, and Investigator Farrah Turner were all injured.

Mourners held a candlelight vigil Thursday night inside a Florence church for Carraway, who recently received a 30-year service pin from his department.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are still investigating. RCSD Sheriff Leon Lott provided an update on Friday, saying officials anticipate 7-10 more days of processing the scene.

Officials are conducting interviews and gathering information to pin point a timeline of what transpired, according to RCSD.

“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong, this was an ambush,” Lott said of the investigation so far.

Lott added the case started as a sexual assault investigation against 28-year-old Seth Hopkins. Deputies were going to interview him when they were shot, according to authorities.

Richland County picked up the criminal sexual assault case and have since arrested Seth Hopkins on second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to Lott. The 28-year-old also had a bond hearing on Friday where he was denied bond from a judge.

Frederick and Seth Hopkins were both booked at the Florence County Detention Center but were transported to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County tonight because the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.

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Posted by WIS TV on Friday, October 5, 2018

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