MODOC COUNTY, Calif. (LA) — A 31 year old Modoc County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Wednesday morning after responding to an assault call outside of Alturas, the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office said.
This will be the fourth on-duty police officer that has been killed in California within the past two weeks.
Deputy Jack Hopkins, a sworn sheriff’s deputy since 2015, was killed in the line of duty and the suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, the sheriff’s office said.
It’s unclear what led to the shooting, which prompted a massive response from state and federal law enforcement, including officers from the California Highway Patrol and U.S. Forest Service. The shooting is under investigation by the CHP as well as authorities from neighboring counties’ sheriff’s offices.
By 11 a.m., a suspect was taken into custody. The suspect’s identity was not released.
Hopkins was survived by extended family and co-workers, and the sheriff’s office said the deputy’s slaying resulted in an “outpouring of support and generosity.”
Late Wednesday, law enforcement patrol cars had a procession in tribute to Hopkins, and a video of the caravan was posted on the department’s Facebook page.