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May 19, 2019

Bond denied for South Carolina man accused of shooting seven cops, son facing child sex assault charge

October 6, 2018
Fred (left) and Seth (Right) Hopkins. (Florence County Sheriff’s Office)

The South Carolina man charged with gunning down seven police officers had his bond revoked the same day his 28-year-old son was denied bail in a separate sexual assault case.

Fred Hopkins was arrested and charged with murder Friday after he ambushed officers serving a search warrant at his home in the Vintage Place Community, an upscale neighborhood off Hoffmeyer Road. He fatally shot one Florence County officer, identified Wednesday as Sgt. Terrence Carraway.

Oct. 28 would have marked 31 years since Carraway joined the force.

Deputy Chief Glenn Kirby said two more Florence county deputies were shot and another four city officers from the Florence Police Department were struck when they responded to assist. Hopkins was also charged with six counts of attempted murder, one for each officer injured during the Wednesday attack.

Authorities at the time were looking to interview his son, Seth Hopkins, but were shot by the 74-year-old former lawyer before they had the chance. Seth Hopkins is accused of sexually assaulting a foster child and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office suspects that he has more victims.

“Do you understand where you’re at right now?” Judge Mouronunas asked the elder Hopkins during his bond hearing Friday evening.

To which Hopkins replied, “No where am I?” according to WBTW.

Seth Hopkins also appeared in court Friday. He faces a second degree criminal sexual conduct charge and was denied bond as well as a public defender. Officials argued that he is dangerous — especially to young women — given the nature of his crime.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deadly police shooting with the Florence Police Department and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 25 agents from the FBI’s response team were assisting his deputies as the investigation continued to unfold. He added there’s “a long time to go” before all the evidence is collected.

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