Slain Modoc County Sheriff's deputy identified

The Modoc County sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call near Alturas was identified tonight by the sheriff’s office.

He was identified as Jack Hopkins, 31, who has worked as a deputy there since 2015.

"He leaves behind extended family and co-workers who will miss him," a sheriff's office spokesman said.

"The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office is overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and generosity for all of the sheriff’s office staff," the statement added. "Please continue to keep our law enforcement community and first responders in your prayers and respect the family’s and law enforcement’s privacy."

The officer is the second Modoc County law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty since 1901.

A suspect in the deputy's killing was arrested Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.

The violent killing shocked and saddened residents of the rural northeastern California county.

“Things like this don’t happen in the community,” said Miguel Castro, 55, of Alturas.

Castro, a 12-year resident whose family owns and operates Harold’s Frosty burger joint on Main Street, said his heart goes out to the officer’s family, as well as to the entire law enforcement community.

“It’s sad,” he said, noting that he has a number of law enforcement customers.

But, he said, he has yet to learn the name of the deputy who was killed.

A video of a procession this evening in Hopkin's honor and memory was posted on the Modoc County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

Deputies were responding around 10:30 a.m. to a call on County Road 115 about 10 miles south of Alturas when Hopkins was fatally shot.

The California Highway Patrol, the Alturas Police Department and the U.S. Forest Service also responded to the scene after a call about an officer-involved shooting went out, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested shortly afterward, the sheriff’s office added. It did not say if the suspect may have been wounded.

A sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday evening that additional details about the shooting are expected to be released around 10 a.m. Thursday when the office holds a news conference in Alturas.

Meanwhile, the shooting is being investigated by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol, the sheriff’s office said.

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office said earlier in the day in a brief statement that the deputy was involved in an active-shooter incident, but it did not release any other details.

County government offices in Alturas were placed under lockdown in the morning after the initial reports of the shooting.

Modoc County Administrator Chester Robertson said he was locking down all government facilities in the Alturas area, but he had no further information about the incident.

The deputy killed is the fourth law enforcement officer in California to die in the line of duty in the past two weeks. The slaying comes after two Palm Springs police officers were shot to death during a domestic disturbance call and a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant was shot and killed in the high desert town of Lancaster while answering a burglary call.

The Modoc County deputy is the second Modoc County law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in 115 years.

According to a California law enforcement memorial website that lists the names of officers killed in the line of duty, Constable Herbert Scott Walker was shot and killed May 12, 1901.

Walker, 31, was shot and killed after joining the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office in a manhunt for two escaped prisoners.

As the posse came upon the prisoners, a gunfight ensued and Walker was shot in the left hip. He died the following day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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