Confidentiality order filed in Florence mass shooting case

Confidentiality order filed in Florence mass shooting case
Frederick Hopkins in bond court

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A new motion has been filed in the case of 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins.

According to public records, documents implementing a confidentiality order were filed on May 6.

Hopkins is charged with killing two Florence officers and injuring five others in an ambush on Oct. 3, 2018 at Hopkins’ home in Florence’s Vintage Place neighborhood.

Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway died at the scene, while Florence County Sheriff’s Inv. Farrah Turner succumbed to her injuries weeks later.

In April, Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements filed a second motion for a gag order to be issued in the case, which Judge Thomas Russo also granted, effective immediately.

Clements filed those motions after Charleston newspaper The Post and Courier published detailed letters Hopkins wrote to them from jail.

In the letters Hopkins wrote he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder that included hospitalization and therapy starting in 1977, when he retired from active duty in the U.S. Army following combat in Vietnam.

A mental health evaluation has also been ordered for Hopkins, although it is not known when that will take place.

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