Hero Down: Florence Co. SO Investigator Farrah Turner Succumbs To Gunshot Wounds

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Florence County Sheriff's Office Investigator Farrah Turner died three weeks after she was mortally wounded.

Florence, SC – Florence County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Farrah “Maxine” Turner died in the line of duty on Monday.

Her death comes nearly three weeks after she was mortally wounded by a gunman while serving a warrant at a residence.

Investigator Turner and two other Florence County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to execute a search warrant in the city’s upscale Vintage Place neighborhood at approximately 4 p.m. on Oct. 3, FOX News reported at the time.

The search involved allegations that a foster child in the residence had been sexually assaulted, and named a 27-year-old man as the suspect, Florence County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Glenn Kirby told WMBF.

When the deputies approached the residence, the suspect’s father, 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins, opened fire with a high-powered rifle from inside the home, hitting all three of them, NBC News reported.

“They were ambushed very quickly,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told the Greenville News. “As soon as they got there the ambush was in place.”

As Florence Police Department officers rushed to help the deputies, the shooter opened fire on them, as well, NBC News reported.

Sergeant Terrence Carraway, 52, was fatally shot, and three other Florence police officers were injured by gunfire.

Hopkins barricaded himself inside the residence, where he held an unspecified number of foster children hostage during the two-hour standoff that ensued.

“These officers went there unknowing the firepower this suspect had,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said during a press conference, holding back tears. “He had an advantage. The officers couldn’t get to the ones that were down.”

Due to the barrage of gunfire, the injured officers were unable to get to safety, and their fellow officers were unable to reach them, CNN reported.

Police utilized a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle in order rescue the wounded officers.

After speaking with a hostage negotiator, the shooter eventually surrendered and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, CNN reported.

Four foster children inside the home at the time of the incident were not physically injured, and were found hiding beneath a golf cart in the garage, Deputy Kirby said, according to NBC News.

Investigator Turner, who had been with the department for over seven years, was the officer who filed the paperwork to further the investigation into the alleged sexual abuse allegations, according to WMBF.

Hopkin’s son, Seth Hopkins, has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a result of the investigation, the Greenville News reported.

Hopkins has been charged with one count of murder for the death of Sergeant Carraway, and six counts of attempted murder, WSB reported. Those charges are expected to be upgraded in the wake of Investigator Turner’s death.

Investigator Turner was rushed to the hospital, and remained in critical condition in the weeks that followed, WPDE reported.

She underwent eight surgeries during that time, including an Oct. 16 procedure to amputate both of her feet, her mother, Katie Godwin, said in a statement to WPDE.

Florence Police Department Officer Brian Hart remains in critical condition, WSB reported.

Officers Travis Scott and Scott Williamson have been released from the hospital, as well as Florence County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sarah Miller and Deputy Arie Davis, according to WBTW.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone announced Investigator Turner’s tragic death in a Facebook post on Monday night.

“Farrah was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did,” Sheriff Boone said. “She dedicated her life to serving the victims of the worst crimes imaginable. Please pray for Farrah’s family, our FCSO family and for our community as we mourn her loss.”

Investigator Turner’s friends and family described her as a “phenomenal, selfless woman of faith and a true hero to her community,” according to a fundraising page established to help support her in the wake of the shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Florence County Sheriff's Office Investigator Farrah "Maxine" Turner, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Investigator Farrah Turner, your life mattered.

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James hegarty
James hegarty

Too, too many law enforcement losses. One is too much but this is horrendous.


Just by looking at this officer's photo, she looks like she is in her "Dream Job" and living life to the fullest. So tragic that another dedicated officer has been taken away from her family and her community.


A crying shame. RIP Officer Turner.


Rest in peace, SO Investigator Turner. May God comfort your heartbroken family, both blood and blue, your friends, and your community. Thank you for your service working in one of the most monstrous of crimes - it takes a strong and caring spirit to work in this field.


What a beautiful woman and such a bright smile!! My heart breaks for her family after her making it for 3 weeks and probably hoping she was going to make it. RIP Officer Turner YOUR LIFE MATTERED!!! 🙏💙🇺🇸


And the war on the police continues. So sad. RIP Officer Turner.


Soon LEO is going to join the medical field and there will be a shortage


God bless her, family and the blue.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wonder if he knew he was shooting at police. This was not an ambush.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Rule 5.1 Preliminary Hearing (a) In General. If a defendant is charged with an offense other than a petty offense, a magistrate judge must conduct a preliminary hearing unless:

(1) the defendant waives the hearing;

(2) the defendant is indicted;

(3) the government files an information under Rule 7(b) charging the defendant with a felony;

(4) the government files an information charging the defendant with a misdemeanor; or

(5) the defendant is charged with a misdemeanor and consents to trial before a magistrate judge.

(b) Selecting a District. A defendant arrested in a district other than where the offense was allegedly committed may elect to have the preliminary hearing conducted in the district where the prosecution is pending.

(c) Scheduling. The magistrate judge must hold the preliminary hearing within a reasonable time, but no later than 14 days after the initial appearance if the defendant is in custody and no later than 21 days if not in custody.

(d) Extending the Time. With the defendant's consent and upon a showing of good cause—taking into account the public interest in the prompt disposition of criminal cases—a magistrate judge may extend the time limits in Rule 5.1(c) one or more times. If the defendant does not consent, the magistrate judge may extend the time limits only on a showing that extraordinary circumstances exist and justice requires the delay.

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