Man accused of killing Modoc County deputy could face death penalty

1019-jack-hopkinsAlturas, Cal.- The suspect accused of shooting and killing a Modoc County Sheriff’s Deputy could potentially face the death penalty.

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office says Jack Lee Breiner shot and killed Deputy Jack Hopkins during a domestic disturbance call Wednesday morning. Details of the circumstances surrounding the shooting were not released.

Breiner, a registered sex offender, was also injured and is currently in a Redding area hospital. His condition hasn’t been released. He won’t be charged until after he’s discharged, however the district attorney’s office says it’s likely he will be charged with a capital offense.

Several investigations have to take place, including criminal and coroner investigations, so the case could last months. Charges could be filed as early as the end of this week, depending on Breiner’s medical condition and his ability to appear in court.

Meanwhile, a memorial service is being planned for Deputy Hopkins. Community members lined Main Street in Alturas Thursday as a procession escorted his body from Modoc County to Redding.

“It’s a very tough time for our department, it’s a tough time for law enforcement, it’s an extremely tough time for his family,” said a Sheriff’s Office representative. “Since this incident occurred, we’ve had a huge outpouring of support from the community.”

Deputy Hopkins was employed with the Alturas Police Department for more than a year before joining the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office in 2015.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.




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