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Police investigating last night’s fatal shooting of an officer in South Carolina have identified the suspected gunman as 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins – and say they were initially drawn to the home in Florence to serve a warrant for a 27-year-old accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Tributes to the fallen officer, Terrence Carraway, continued to pour in Thursday as the Florence County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect and told Fox Carolina that the minor was a foster child inside the home.

The article goes on to state the following:

Hopkins, meanwhile, is currently hospitalized with a head injury and police have not yet been able to speak to him, according to WIS News 10.

The Associated Press reported that Hopkins is a disbarred lawyer who has been charged several times in recent years, starting with a 2014 count of disorderly conduct.

Public court records viewed by the news agency say Hopkins’ charges include two in 2015 and 2017 for “running at large,” an offense related to not restraining one’s animals.

Public records show he’s the husband of Florence divorce attorney Cheryl Turner-Hopkins, while South Carolina Bar records show Frederick Hopkins used to be a lawyer but has since been disbarred. Hopkins also is a military veteran who had been receiving payments after being wounded in the Vietnam War, the Associated Press reported, citing court records in a divorce case involving him and his former wife.

The report also stated:

Six officers were wounded in the standoff, and Carraway, a 52-year-old from Darlington who had just been honored for his 30 years of service with the Florence Police Department, was killed.

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