Alturas, Cal. – The name of the Modoc County Deputy killed in the line of duty has been released, along with the name of the suspect accused of shooting him.
A large teddy bear stands guard at the Modoc County Courthouse, as the community mourns the loss of 31 year old Deputy Jack Hopkins.
Voice breaking, Undersheriff Willim ‘Tex’ Dowdy said: “Deputy Hopkins is survived by a large, loving family, and his dog, Bandit.”
The shooting happened about 8 miles south of Alturas Wednesday morning, as Hopkins responded to a family disturbance.
“According to a preliminary investigation, Deputy Hopkins was shot by the suspect and tragically sustained fatal wounds.” Noted Undersheriff Dowdy.
Police say 47 year old suspect Jack Lee Breiner fled the scene, and was later confronted by Sheriff Mike Poindexter.
“Sheriff Poindexter was fired upon by the suspect, and an exchange of gunfire ensued.” Related Dowdy. “Sheriff Poindexter was able to wound the suspect, who was later taken into custody.”
Breiner is being treated for his wounds at a Redding hospital…and Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk is preparing a case against him.
“It’s premature to know exactly what charges will be filed.” Cautioned Funk. “But by all appearances this will be a capital crime.”
Deputy Jack Hopkins worked as a bailiff in the Modoc County Courthouse, and his loss has hit the community hard.
“It’s a very tough time for our department.” Noted Undersheriff Dowdy. “It’s a tough time for law enforcement. It’s an extremely tough time for his family.”
A memorial service for Deputy Hopkins is being planned, but the date, time, and location have not been finalized.