74-Year-Old Man Faces Murder In The Ambush Of Seven South Carolina Officers
"This a very large, complex puzzle that we're filling the pieces in, piece by piece."
Sgt. Terrence Carraway of the Florence, South Carolina police department was described as "gentle giant" by fellow officers and deputies last week. The 30-year veteran was shot and killed in an ambush as he, along with six other members of law enforcement, responded to a home being investigated for criminal sexual assault.
"These officers did absolutely nothing wrong," Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said, "I don't want anybody to think their procedures were incorrect, that anything they did was improper. They did not. This was an ambush that you just can't prevent."
Seventy-four-year-old Frederick Hopkins has been charged with six counts of attempted murder. He was booked Friday (Oct. 4) at noon and transferred to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County. Hopkins 27-year-old adopted son Seth was reportedly in cahoots with his father and also arrested and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Lott did not expound on Seth's charges. Both men were denied bond.
"This a very large, complex puzzle that we're filling the pieces in, piece by piece -- what, why and who," Lott said in Friday's press conference.
Just four years after Hopkins earned his law license he was disbarred. CNN reports he was ordered to pay $18,000 to a Lexington, County court for "wrongfully collected attorney fees." In 2014, Hopkins was also charged with disorderly conduct.
The three Florence Police Department officers recovering are Travis Scott, Brian Hart, and Scott Williamson. The deputies recovering are Sarah Miller, Farrah Turner, and Deputy Arie Davis. Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler somberly spoke of his friend and colleague Sgt. Terrence Carraway as "the bravest police officer" he's ever known.
"He had a passion for kids ... to see kids in impoverished areas have the opportunity to do the things they might not have the opportunity" to do, Heidler said. "He was a giant of a man, but he was the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him."