74-year-old charged with murder, 6 counts of attempted murder after ambushing law enforcement

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott confirmed in a press briefing Friday afternoon that the sheriff’s office has formally filed charges after seven law enforcement officers were ambushed in Florence County Wednesday.

Frederick Hopkins, 74, has been formally charged for the murder of Sgt.Terrence Carraway and charged with six counts of attempted murder after firing at law enforcement at his home off Hoffmeyer Road.

According to Sheriff Lott, the suspect will be taken back to Richland County.

During the press conference, the sheriff also announced charges were filed for the man’s adopted son, 27-year-old Seth Hopkins, for second degree criminal sexual conduct. Sheriff Lott says Florence County deputies went to the house off Hoffmeyer Road Wednesday after they organized to meet with Seth Hopkins and interview him.

A report from the Associated Press says the Florence County Sheriff’s Office was investigating allegations that a 27-year-old person living in the home sexually assaulted a foster child in the home. Though officers did not have an arrest warrant for Seth Hopkins, they did have a search warrant. 

According to Sheriff Lott, the investigators were ambushed by Frederick Hopkins when they arrived to the home for the interview. 

Both suspects are still in a medical facility, but are expected to be released from the hospital Friday and taken to the detention center in Richland County. 

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