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Father, Son Denied Bond Following Ambush Shooting of South Carolina Officers

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(Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, S.C. – A 74-year-old disbarred lawyer accused of killing a South Carolina law enforcement officer and wounding six others in an ambush-style shooting and his son were denied bond Friday.

Fred Hopkins is charged in the death of Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and six counts of attempted murder in the Wednesday shooting of Florence, S.C., police officers and Florence County sheriff’s deputies, FOX Carolina reported.

A news release Friday listed the wounded officers as:

  • Officer Brian Hart – Florence PD
  • Officer Travis Scott – Florence PD
  • Officer Scott Williamson – Florence PD
  • Deputy Arie Davis – Florence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Investigator Sarah Miller – Florence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Investigator Farrrah Turner – Florence County Sheriff’s Office

Four of those officers remained in the hospital in critical condition on Friday, a spokesperson for the Richland County Sheriff’s Office stated. Two others are out of the hospital.

Hopkins and his adopted son, Seth, 28, have been released from medical facilities.

However, a judge decided to wait for more information before granting the elder Hopkins a court-appointed attorney. Particularly since prosecutors argued he doesn’t meet the financial qualifications for one.

The elder Hopkins appeared dazed and tired at his bond hearing, WBTW-TV of Myrtle Beach, S.C., reported.

“You understand where you’re at right now?,” Judge Tommy Mourounas asked Hopkins, according to the station.

“No, where am I?” Hopkins responded.

“You’re at bond hearing court,” the judge replied.

The younger Hopkins is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, which is the reason officers were at the location when the shooting erupted.

Investigating authorities believe he is a danger to others, especially young women. Furthermore, they believe there may be additional victims.

At his bond hearing, Seth Hopkins said only that he would like a court-appointed attorney, which was denied, the State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., reported.

Consequently, both men were taken to jail after their respective hearings.

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Fred Hopkins, left, and son Seth were denied bond Friday. (Florence County Sheriff’s Office)

Meanwhile, authorities said Friday that Wednesday’s shootings would be investigated by the same special FBI team that worked on the slayings of five police officers in Dallas in 2016 and last October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

South Carolina police officer
Fallen Officer Terrence Carraway. (Facebook/ODMP)

Investigators with a search warrant were at Fred Hopkins’ home in an upscale neighborhood Wednesday for a scheduled interview with his son regarding sexual assault allegations. The reported crime involves a minor.

Four officers were shot getting out of their car, the paper said. Moreover, the officers were trapped for 30 minutes before an armored vehicle was used to rescue them.

As a result of the ambush shooting, there was a two-hour standoff with Fred Hopkins barricading himself inside the home with an unknown number of children present. Reports indicate the kids were unharmed during the ordeal.

Four of those children have been in the custody of the state, according to Fox News.

Carraway, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, died after being shot. Four other officers who were shot remained hospitalized Friday. Fred Hopkins had been hospitalized with a head wound.

Hopkins was described as a disabled Vietnam veteran. He served as an Army captain and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism defending a firebase from North Vietnamese forces in 1970. He earned his law license and was disbarred for mishandling money.

Carraway was a few weeks away from marking his 31st year in law enforcement. A public viewing of his body will be held Monday.

Terrence Carraway
(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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