Sheriff: 74-year-old suspect ambushed officers questioning son

Police Shooting South Carolina

Hopkins surrendered to authorities after a two-hour standoff, and released the children unharmed as he was taken into custody.

Investigators with a search warrant were at Fred Hopkins' home in an upscale neighborhood Wednesday for a scheduled interview his son about sexual assault allegations against him involving a minor.

He heralded the department's military equipment, including an armored vehicle, for helping carry the wounded officers to safety.

In 2016, Hopkins posted photos on Facebook of guns set up for target practice, bragging that he was the state's 2011 "3-Gun Silhouette Champion".

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler addressed the condition of his officers at a news conference Thursday.

Authorities say four more officers from the city of Florence were shot trying to rescue the others.

He posted on his 70th birthday about "shooting competitively since 1984 and lovin' it", the AP also reported. A 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department, he was minutes away when he got the call to help his comrades.

Carraway, whom the mayor described as a "great cop" and a "great person", died on his way to the hospital, Florence city spokesman John Wukela said.

The slain officer was identified as Terrence Carraway, who recently celebrated 30 years with Florence PD.

He said Mr Carraway, his youth football coach in the late 1990s, was a down-to-earth community leader with whom young people felt comfortable discussing their problems.

The man suspected of shooting the officers was arrested Wednesday evening, officials said.

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Frederick Hopkins was formally charged Friday with one count of murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting.

A judge made a decision to wait for more information before granting the elder Hopkins, a disabled Vietnam veteran, a court-appointed attorney.

The records show Hopkins was awarded a marksman badge with pistol bar and a sharpshooter with rifle bar during his service.

Hopkins is accused of opening fire from his home in an affluent neighborhood after deputies tried to carry out a search warrant. He was charged in 2015 and 2017 for "running at large" (crimes related to animal abuse), reports WFYMY News.

He was hospitalized with a head injury Thursday after falling at the scene, and was unable to speak with officers. The Chicago Tribune reports Hopkins was firing with such intensity, Florence first responders couldn't reach the fallen.

The conditions of the six surviving wounded officers was not immediately known, though officials indicated some were badly injured.

Hopkins was admitted to the bar in 1980 and disbarred by consent four years later in an order by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Florence Sheriff's Office Maj.

Florence County Emergency Management confirmed on Twitter there was an active shooter incident in progress at around 5:00 p.m. local time. "Pray for the family who lost the bravest officer I have ever known". He also allegedly held children hostage inside, authorities said.

SLED agents arrived at the crime scene nearly immediately after the first shots rang out, but were told to leave by Florence County sheriff Kenney Boone - who holds a grudge against the agency owing to a personal matter.

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