Florence County deputies respond to report of shots fired

November 12, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. -- No one was injured and no charges are expected following reports of shots fired near a subdivision where seven law enforcement officers were shot, two fatally, on Oct. 3.

Sunday at 5:45 p.m. Florence County Sheriff’s deputies along with the agency’s special response team responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Ashton Drive in the Vintage Place Subdivision.

“It was later determined that the gunfire was target practice from a location outside, but near the subdivision,” Maj. Mike Nunn wrote in a release on the incident.

On Oct. 3 three Florence County Sheriff’s deputies were shot as they arrived at a house at 932 Ashton Drive in Vintage Place to serve a search warrant. Four Florence Police Officers who responded in mutual aid to the scene were also shot.

Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway died of his wounds later that night. Florence County Sheriff’s investigator Farrah Turner died of her wounds Oct. 22.

Frederick Hopkins, 74, is charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the incident.

Florence County investigators called Hopkins’ home and arranged to speak to his 28-year-old son, Seth Hopkins, about a sex assault investigation Wednesday afternoon, Richland County Sheriff Lott said, adding that they had a search warrant. Lott’s office is investigating the shooting.

Seth Hopkins is charged with one count each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Both Frederick and Seth Hopkins list 932 Ashton Drive, a home in Vintage Place, as their residence. The residence is situated at the far side of a cul-de-sac and has a commanding view of all of the roads that lead to it. Portions of the crime scene were three blocks from the residence.

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