He was busted for disorderly conduct in 2014, and charged in both 2015 and 2017 for "running at large", an offense related to not restraining one's animals, records show.
The outset of the confrontation was captured in a recording of emergency radio transmissions posted online by The State newspaper, in which a dispatcher is heard saying: "Have an officer down", before warning rescue units that access to the victim was limited.
The Officer Down Memorial Page lists the names of 23,408 USA police officers killed in the line of duty - 112 so far this year.
One police officer died as a total of eight people, including seven law enforcement officers, sustained gunshot wounds Wednesday after a suspect opened fire in Florence, S.C., local officials said. The names of the six officers receiving medical treatment had not been released. "Pray for the bravest police officer I know".
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, three female Florence deputies came to a half-million dollar, 6,580-square foot home in the upscale Vintage Park neighborhood armed with a search warrant for Seth Hopkins' room.
Several children in the home were not harmed, authorities said. Another deputy and two sex crimes investigators were also there when the shooting began, WMBF says.
Police say the suspect then took children hostage in the home, which resulted in a standoff that lasted for about two hours.
A suspect believed to have shot seven SC law enforcement officers on Wednesday, killing one of them, is a disbarred lawyer.
Charlotte confirmed the suspect is 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins.
"I have been shooting competitively since 1984 and lovin' it".
"I just love the smell of gunpowder in the mornin's", he once posted on Facebook. Lott said Seth Hopkins also ended up in the hospital after the shooting but was released from hospital care and jailed Friday. The filing does not elaborate on the injury.
SLED agents arrived at the crime scene nearly immediately after the first shots rang out, but were told to leave by Florence County sheriff Kenney Boone - who holds a grudge against the agency owing to a personal matter. Four other officers who were shot remained hospitalized Friday.
Police Chief Allen Heidler said that the children were now in a safe place. He heralded the department's military equipment, including an armored vehicle, for helping carry the wounded officers to safety.
The violence stunned people already dealing with record flooding from Hurricane Florence.
Rev. Chris Handley, who led a vigil Thursday evening, said the Florence community has a strong foundation.
"If you got in trouble, he would try his best to get you out of it or tell you the steps you need to take to get out of it" he said, later adding: "He was one of the good cops".