The Latest: Officer death weeks later leads to murder count

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 Carolina earlier this month.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said investigators upgraded one of Frederick Hopkins’ attempted murder charges to murder on Tuesday, one day after authorities say Florence County Sheriff’s Investigator Farrah Turner died from her injuries in the shooting.

Turner was one of seven officers injured on Oct. 3 when authorities say Hopkins ambushed officers coming to his Florence County home to question his adult son about a possible sexual assault on a minor. A city of Florence police officer died that day.

Turner’s funeral is scheduled for Sunday.

Hopkins is now charged with two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.


2 p.m.

A funeral will be held Sunday for a South Carolina police officer who died from her wounds 19 days after she was shot.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Investigator Farrah Turner will be remembered at a ceremony at noon Sunday at the civic center in Florence. He says more details will come later.

Turner died Monday. She and six other officers were shot on Oct. 3 by a man who authorities say ambushed police as they came to question his son at their Florence County home about a possible sexual assault on a minor.

A second police officer, Florence Sgt. Terrence Carraway also was killed.

Turner’s family released a statement earlier Monday saying she had undergone multiple surgeries, including the amputation of both feet.

Turner is only the second female law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in South Carolina.


3:20 a.m.

A second South Carolina police officer has died from injuries suffered in an ambush attack this month that left five others wounded.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Deputy Farrah B. Turner died Monday. She had been hospitalized since the attack.

Boone said in a statement that Turner “was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did. She dedicated her life to serving the victims of the worst crimes imaginable.”

Authorities say Turner was among seven law enforcement officers shot by 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins. They say the decorated Vietnam War opened fire without warning when officers arrived at his home Oct. 5 to speak with his son about a sex assault investigation.

Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway also was killed.

Hopkins was charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder.

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