Fred Hopkins Accused Shooter Of Six LEOs And Killer Of One, Arrested After 2 Hour Standoff
On October 3, 2018 in South Carolina around 5pm, several police officers attempting to serve a search warrant showed up to the home of 74 yr old white male Frederick Hopkins. At this point Hopkins began to fire upon the officers and barricaded himself inside the house, using his children as hostages. During the chaotic shootout, 7 police officers were shot. One police officer, Terrence Carraway, an African American man who just celebrated 30 years as a Florence County police officer, was killed during the shootout.
After 2 hours which armored vehicles were called and ESU/SWAT officers were called, Fred Hopkins surrendered . Fred Hopkins is facing several charges.
“Officers went there unknowing the firepower the suspect had,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said. “Fire was being shot all over. The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage. The officers couldn’t get to the ones who were down.
- There is no, “No War on Cops” tagline when you read about this case. No calls for increased penalties for cop killers when you read about this case.
- There is no attempt to make this a racial issue now that a black police officer was killed and the accused is white. When it’s a black person accused of killing a white cop it’s the total opposite.
- We constantly read about how police officers kill black people(armed and unarmed) you will hear statements such as: “The officer had to make a split second decision. The officer had to immediately react. “However, when it came to Fred Hopkins, a white man we’re told shot 7 cops killing one of them, it’s give him hours of negotiation so he can surrender.
- No “I was in fear of my life” . I had no choice to use deadly force. The excuse constantly used and given by police officers when a black person armed or unarmed is killed or wounded. In this case an armed white man who is accused of killing 1 officer and wounding 6 more doesn’t make other police officers fearful to the point where deadly force is used against Fred Hopkins.
- I went to several websites when this story first broke. All of them had the massive outrage when it was assumed the cop shooter was black. I saw the usual blame Obama, Colin Kaepernick, dog whistle language(5-13%, 50-90%,we know what community did this,etc)
- All of the websites that I went to as well as the posters totally took a different stance and the outrage significantly dropped when the shooter turned out to be a white man named Fred Hopkins.
- This was the number one story on these sites . Within hours the story began to vanish upon knowing the killer was a white man. The same thing happened on tv stations.
- Fred Hopkins, the accused cop killer, was given the bio of his service as a Vietnam veteran, his time as a lawyer(a disgraced, disbarred lawyer but never the less a lawyer). Even how he was a Champion shooter. Not the portrait of a heinous criminal that you got with the 4 black teenagers accused of running over a Maryland police officer,or Shannon Miles, Gavin Long,Micah X Johnson, Alexander Bonds or any black person accused of killing a police officer.
- The usual “pro police ” people that you always see when a black person is accused or kills a cop (David Clarke, Heather MacDonald, Harry Houck, Rudy Giuliani) weren’t on tv to express their condolences for the loss of Officer Terrence Carraway. Nor were they on tv to condemn Fred Hopkins, the white male accused of killing Officer Terrence Carraway and wounding 6 other police officers. Which is no surprise to me because I’ve yet to see these individuals condemn any white person that kills or wounds a police officer, regardless of the officer’s race.
Our condolences to Officer Carraway’s family and friends and best wishes for full recoveries for the wounded.
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Posted on 10/05/2018, in Cases, Gun Control, Terrence Carraway and tagged Florence South Carolina, Fred Hopkins, killed office, Terrence Carraway, wounded officers. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.