The 74-year-old South Carolina man accused of killing a police officer and wounding six other cops is a disabled Vietnam veteran and disbarred lawyer with a criminal history.
Fred Hopkins was charged with disorderly conduct in 2014, court records show.
He was also charged on two occasions with "running at large," which relates to not restraining one's animals.
Hopkins is the husband of divorce lawyer Cheryl Turner-Hopkins. He used to be a lawyer himself, according to the South Carolina Bar.
The seven police officers and deputies were shot Wednesday as they tried to serve a warrant involving an accusation that a 27-year-old person in the Florence home sexually assaulted a foster child, according to WIS. Terrence Carraway, a 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department, was killed.
This is the hero who was killed in the line of duty today in Florence, South Carolina. Officer Terrence Carraway. 30 years of service to his community. Rest In Peace Sir. pic.twitter.com/rMS51VqjDb
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 4, 2018
"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."
Hopkins, who was barricaded in the home with children, was taken into custody later Wednesday. He has been hospitalized with a head injury and is unable to speak with officers, according to WPDE.
Florence has a population of about 38,000, and is the largest city in the Pee Dee region.
With News Wire Services