Frederick Hopkins, a 74-year-old resident of South Carolina, was arrested after ambushing police officers who were coming to serve a search warrant on his home. Authorities had also prearranged to conduct an interview with Seth Hopkins, the suspect’s 28-year-old son. When deputies arrived on the scene, gunfire immediately broke out.
All three female officers who arrived at the scene were shot. Officers called for immediate backup as Hopkins continued to fire about 39 total shots. Backup deputies quickly arrived, but four more officers were injured by bullets as they attempted to help their wounded coworkers. Eventually, rescuers made their way to the wounded by using an armored vehicle, but obtaining the vehicle cost the officers about 30 minutes. During this time, Hopkins continued to fire bullets down at the officers.
Officers continuously fired back at the suspect during the two-hour stand-off. The suspect was injured, but authorities have not elaborated on the extent of his wounds. Police are saddened to report that Sargent Terrence Carraway was killed during the incident. Another officer is still recovering in a rehabilitation center, while two more officers received hospital treatment and were later released.
Frederick Hopkins was arrested and charged with six counts of attempted murder and one count of murder. Prosecutors are debating on whether or not to seek the death penalty in this case. Police indicated that Seth Hopkins, the adult son, and two children were inside the home during the ordeal. Police later discovered at least 130 firearms inside the house. Hopkins used at least three of them, two military assault rifles and a pistol, during the shoot-off.