Florence County shooting suspect charged with murder after deputy dies Monday, sheriff says

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A day after a second deputy passed away from wounds sustained from a deadly shootout in Florence County, investigators charged the alleged gunman with her murder, according to a statement from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Frederick T. Hopkins Jr. was charged with murder for the shooting of Florence County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Farrah Turner, who died after multiple surgeries and spending weeks in critical condition, according to the statement.

Turner died Monday after spending about three weeks in intensive care, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Department.

Fred Hopkins, Jr provided by Richland County

Frederick Hopkins, Jr after being booked in Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County.

Provided by Richland County.

Deputies were ambushed Oct. 3 while heading to an arranged interview with Hopkins son Seth David Hopkins. Seth Hopkins was a suspect in a case involving criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

As deputies arrived at the family home in an upscale Florence County neighborhood, the elder Hopkins opened fire, killing one officer and wounding six more.

After Turner’s death, Fred Hopkins now faces two charges of murder and five charges of attempted murder.