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Suspect waives hearing in shooting of 7 officers

Oct. 31, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The suspect in the shooting of seven law enforcement officers in South Carolina has refused to take part in a hearing, and a magistrate ruled he abandoned his right to the session. News outlets report that 74-year-old Fred Hopkins refused to participate in Wednesday's hearing in...

South Carolina mass shooting: Slain deputy mourned

Oct. 28, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff's deputy who died from wounds suffered in a mass shooting earlier this month was remembered Sunday at her funeral as a dedicated peace officer who always had a smile. The funeral for Florence County Sheriff's Investigator Farrah Turner, 36, drew relatives and...

2nd police officer dies after South Carolina ambush attack

Oct. 23, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A wounded police officer died Monday following 19 days in the hospital and multiple surgeries, after she was ambushed while approaching an upscale South Carolina home to question a man in a child sex assault case. Florence County Sheriff's Investigator Farrah Turner was one of seven...

The Latest: Officer death weeks later leads to murder count

Oct. 23, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a South Carolina police officer 19 days after she was shot (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Authorities say a 74-year-old Vietnam veteran now faces two counts of murder in the shooting of seven police officers — two of them fatally — in South...

The Latest: South Carolina gov hopefuls draw final contrasts

Oct. 17, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the first of two general election debates between the candidates competing for South Carolina governor (all times local): 8:15 p.m. The men vying to be South Carolina's next governor are drawing their final contrasts as voters prepare to decide between them in next...

Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect

Oct. 16, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

Authorities found approximately 130 guns inside the South Carolina home of a man who set up his house in an upscale neighborhood to ambush police officers coming to question his son about a possible child sex assault, the sheriff investigating the case said Tuesday. Frederick Hopkins only fired three of the guns...

Fallen South Carolina officer mourned as a hero

Oct. 8, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

A South Carolina police officer killed in an ambush last week was remembered Monday as a hero who put his life in jeopardy to try to save the lives of injured colleagues. Several people eulogizing Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway, 52, said he didn't hesitate to act when he saw three Florence County deputies...

The Latest: Mourners note passion, courage of slain officer

Oct. 8, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of slain police officer Terrence Carraway in South Carolina (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Fellow police officers, young people he mentored and his fellow deacons at his church all remembered the love, passion and courage of a South Carolina officer killed in...

Sheriff: Man ambushed officers coming to question adult son

Oct. 5, 2018 10:36 PM EDT

The decorated 74-year-old Vietnam War veteran accused of shooting seven South Carolina law enforcement officers had set an ambush for investigators coming to question his adult son about a child sexual assault, the sheriff investigating the case said Friday. Frederick Hopkins was charged with murder and six...

The Latest: Bond denied for suspect in officer's slaying

Oct. 5, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of seven law enforcement officers in South Carolina (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Bond has been denied for the man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a South Carolina police officer. WBTW-TV reports Judge Tommy Mourounas denied bond Friday for...