South Carolina authorities say gunman killed cop in unpreventable ambush (VIDEO)
By Christen Smith
The gunman accused of firing at police outside of his upscale home in Florence, South Carolina last week ambushed the officers in what became an unpreventable tragedy, investigators said.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters Friday 74-year-old Fred Hopkins faces first degree murder for the shooting death of Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway. Authorities also charged him with six counts of attempted murder for wounding six other officers — including three investigators from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department — during the Oct. 3 attack.
“These officers did absolutely nothing wrong,” Lott said. “This was an ambush you can’t prevent.”
Lott said three Florence Police Department officers arrived at the house Wednesday afternoon for a scheduled interview with Hopkins’s adopted son, 28-year-old Seth Hopkins, regarding sexual assault allegations made against him. He said the elder Hopkins began shooting at the officers before they made it to the front door, killing Carraway.
Florence Police Department Chief Allen Heidler described 52-year-old Carraway as a 30-year veteran of the force and a close personal friend, telling reporters last week his death “is a tragic loss of life for me.”
“He was the epitome of a community police officer,” Heidler said. “He loved this community. He gave it his