In this undated image released by the Florence County Sheriff's Office is Frederick Hopkins, 74, who was charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Florence. S.C. Authorities say the Vietnam veteran accused of shooting seven law enforcement officers in South Carolina on Wednesday, ambushed investigators coming to question his adult son about a sexual assault. (Florence County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Special FBI team helping probe deadly South Carolina attack

October 05, 2018 - 10:13 pm

A special FBI team that investigated the slayings five police officers in Dallas in 2016 and the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas last year is helping local authorities gather evidence in what's described as an ambush attack that killed one South Carolina law enforcement officer and wounded six others.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told news reporters Friday that it's large crime scene. He called the case "very large, complex puzzle that we are still filling the pieces in."

His deputies, based in the state capital of Columbia, are investigating at the request of the sheriff in Florence County, about 90 miles to the east, where the slayings took place Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect, 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins, was charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder Friday.

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