Bond denied for shooter charged with murder of Florence police officer

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Bond has been denied for the man charged with the murder of a Florence police officer.

WBTW News13 was the only TV station in the Florence County bond hearing on Friday.

Judge Tommy Mourounas denied bond for Frederick T. Hopkins, Jr., 74, who is charged with the murder of Sgt. Terrence Carraway and six counts of attempted murder.

The court made no decision on whether to appoint him a lawyer, delaying the decision until his financial status can be verified. 

On Wednesday, Florence County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the incident location to interview Seth Hopkins and serve a search warrant, according to a press release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. On arrival, they were “ambushed without warning” by Frederick Hopkins Jr., which led to the shooting of seven officers.

The release also says the RCSO is working with the Florence County Sheriff and Chief, as well as 12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements, whose office will be prosecuting the case. 

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