Man faces additional child sex assault charges following deadly Florence shooting


Suspect: Seth David Hopkins 

FLORENCE, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A man is facing additional child sex assault charges after being arrested with his father following a deadly shooting in Florence earlier this month. 

Seth David Hopkins, 28, has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. 

Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said a second victim of sexual assault was discovered this month. Hopkins is charged with first-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) for sexually assaulting a minor under the age of 11-years-old.

Investigators said the incident occurred in Florence between 2009 and 2010. 

Hopkins was taken into custody following a deadly shooting that happened at his home on Ashton Drive Wednesday, October 3. Florence County deputies had arranged to interview Hopkins around 4 p.m. that day in connection to the child sex assault case. 

As law enforcement arrived on scene, Hopkins’ father, identified as Frederick Hopkins, 74, reportedly starting shooting at officers as they were getting out of their police cruisers. 

During the ambush, a total of seven police officers were shot. Fifty-two-year-old Florence Police Sgt. Terrance Carraway died on scene. Frederick Hopkins has been charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder in the deadly shooting. 

LINK: Father, son arrested following deadly shooting in Florence

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept., three Florence County deputies are still in the hospital. Two remain in critical condition and the other had been updated to being in stable condition. A City of Florence officer is also still in the hospital. 

“Please continue to pray for the officers in the hospital,” the sheriff’s department said Friday. 

The FBI Evidence Response Team and RCSD’s Crime Scene Unit are continuing to process the scene. 

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