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Follow-up: Greenville man charged in K9 stabbing

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) this week issued another update on an officer-involved shooting that occurred last month in Greenville County. As first reported by this media outlet, the shooting left one suspect injured – and a Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) K9 officer seriously injured after being stabbed.

According to SLED’s press release, 51 years old James Edgar Hopkins of Taylors, SC was charged on Monday (June 2, 2024) with aggravated breach of the peace, cruelty to a police dog and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 13, 2024. GGSO deputies – along with agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – attempted to arrest Hopkins on multiple outstanding warrants.

“Agents located Hopkins at a hotel on Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenville,” the SLED press release said. “Officers tried to arrest him outside the hotel. During the encounter, Hopkins was armed with a knife. Officers fired Tasers and a beanbag gun at Hopkins, who stabbed a GCSO K9 and ran into a nearby Bank of America parking lot. GCSO deputies discharged their firearms, striking Hopkins.”

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Hopkins was transported to Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital under a heavy police escort. The GCSO K9 was transported to an animal hospital for treatment. No other injuries have been reported in connection with the incident.

Both Hopkins and the K9 – named “Micky” – survived their injuries.

It’s been a rough year for K9s in South Carolina. In October, a SLED K9 – Rico – was shot and killed by a suspect trying to elude arrest in connection with another shooting. The crime wave started barely a month after the suspect, 38 years old Ernest Burbage III – appeared before the notoriously lenient SC Circuit Court judge Bentley Price on a weapons charge. Instead of locking him up – or referring him to the FBI for prosecution – Price put him back on the streets.

For those of you new to South Carolina, SLED investigates officer-involved shootings as a matter of protocol in the vast majority of local law enforcement jurisdictions in the Palmetto State – presenting investigative reports to the attorney having jurisdiction over the county or municipality where the shooting took place. happened.

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Last month’s shooting in Greenville County was the 16th officer involved shooting in South Carolina and the second involving GCSO. Three more incidents have occurred since then. In 2023, there were 43 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina (including three involving GCSO). That is just under the record of 49 from 2017 and equaled in 2020.

As with all cases, Hopkins is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system – or until he wishes to enter some form of adjudication in connection with a plea deal with prosecutors regarding any of the charges that may be filed . against him.

Hopkins was booked into the Greenville County Detention Center, where he is being held $20,000 band. His case will be handled by the SC Thirteenth Circuit Attorney’s office Walt Wilkins.

THE PRESS RELEASE

(SLED)

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