Authorities say a 74-year-old Vietnam veteran now faces two counts of murder in the shooting of seven law enforcement officers, two of them fatally, in South Carolina earlier this month.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said investigators upgraded one of Frederick Hopkins’ attempted murder charges to murder on Tuesday, one day after authorities say Florence County Sheriff’s Investigator Farrah Turner died from her injuries in the shooting.
Turner was one of seven officers injured on October 3rd when authorities say Hopkins ambushed officers coming to his Florence County home to question his adult son about a possible sexual assault on a minor. A city of Florence police officer, Sergeant Terrence Carraway died that day.
Hopkins is now charged with two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.
Turner’s body was brought to the Medical University of SC for an autopsy, and a motorcade escorted her body back to a Florence funeral home on afternoon.
The funeral is scheduled for Sunday.
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Investigator Farrah Turner will be remembered at a ceremony at noon Sunday at the civic center in Florence. He says more details will come later.
Turner’s family released a statement Monday saying she had undergone multiple surgeries, including the amputation of both feet.
Turner is only the second female law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in South Carolina.