2 Florence Co. deputies released from hospital, 1 remains in hospital weeks after shooting

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Two Florence County deputies have been released from the hospital and one remains hospitalized weeks after a shooting of eight people, including seven law enforcement officers. 

According to Major Mike Nunn, with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Arie Davis and Investigator Sarah Miller have been released from the hospital. Investigator Farrah Turner remains in the hospital. 

“I was just informed that both Arie Davis and Sarah Miller have been released from the hospital.  Please respect their privacy.  Farrah Turner remains hospitalized in critical condition,” said Nunn around 4 p.m. on Friday. 

The shooting happened at 932 Ashton Drive in Florence on October 3 and Sgt. Terrence Carraway was killed.

On Tuesday, the RCSO held a press conference to provide updates on the investigation of the shooting. Sheriff Leon Lott said crime scene crews from the RCSO and the FBI Evidence Response team spent 13 days processing evidence from the scene, including the approximately 6,500 square-foot house. 

More than 126 guns not believed to be used in the shooting were seized from the home for “safekeeping,” Sheriff Lott said during the conference. Three other guns believed to be used in the shooting were seized from the house, including a pistol and two military-style assault rifles. 

Over 390 shell casings believed to be fired by at least 13 officers at the scene were recovered, Sheriff Lott also said. About 39 casings believed to be fired from inside the home were also recovered. 

According to Lott, five people were inside the home at the time of the shooting: Frederick Hopkins, Seth Hopkins, one adult, and two minor children. 

Warrants for Frederick T. Hopkins, Jr. and Seth Hopkins were released on October 10. Frederick Hopkins, Jr. is charged with six counts of attempted murder and one count of murder. Seth Hopkins is charged with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor victim 11 to 14 years of age. 

An additional child sex crime charge, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, was filed for Seth Hopkins on Friday. 

A judge denied a public offender for Frederick Hopkins, Jr. on Monday. Judge Thomas A. Russo denied Hopkins’ request for appointed counsel citing the income of the alleged killer’s wife. The judge said Hopkins was not limited in means and could afford his own attorney. 

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