Bond denied for suspect formally charged with murder in officer-involved shooting in SC

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Authorities have formally charged 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins with murder and six counts of attempted murder in Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting in Florence County.

Hopkins is accused of killing Florence police officer Terrence Carraway and injuring six other law enforcement agents. At a hearing Friday afternoon, bond was denied for the suspect.

He was formally charged at 12 p.m. Friday with Carraway’s murder. He is currently in custody at a medical facility. Once released, he will be transported to the Richland County Detention Center, according to Richland Sheriff Leon Lott. The suspect will then be brought back to Florence County for a bond hearing.

In addition to the murder charge, Hopkins is accused of injuring the following officers:

  • Officer Brian Hart of the Florence Police Department
  • Officer Travis Scott of the Florence Police Department
  • Officer Scott Williamson of the Florence Police Department
  • Deputy Arie Davis of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Investigator Sarah Miller of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Investigator Farrrah Turner of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office 

Lott said Turner, Davis and Miller were ambushed by Hopkins when law enforcement officials arrived at the home with a warrant to interview Hopkins’ adopted son, 28-year-old Seth Hopkins, in reference to allegations of criminal sexual assault. All three women are in critical condition.

“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong. I don’t want anybody to think their procedures were incorrect and anything they did was improper. They did not. This was an ambush that you can’t prevent,” Lott said.

For Gwendolyn Horton this hits close to home.

Horton is an old neighbor and close friend of Farrah Turner for more than three years. She describes her dear friend as a generous person who loves working with children.

“Sweet spirit. She’s always there to help when you need help and I know she has been at my assistance on numerous occasions,” Horton said.

Horton added she’s glad everything is being done to help bring justice for Turner and the other officers.

“I’m still praying for those officers who are still in critical condition, those who are in recovery and for the family of the fallen officer,” Horton said.

Richland County picked up the criminal sexual assault case and have since arrested Seth Hopkins on second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to Lott.

Both he and Fred Hopkins were denied bond during separate hearings on Friday.

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