The Modoc County Sheriff's office said a 47-year-old man shot and killed deputy Jack Hopkins on Wednesday during a confrontation.
Jack Lee Breiner also exchanged fire with Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter before being shot himself and arrested, Undersheriff William "Tex" Dowdy said.
Hopkins was responding to a family disturbance call at a property about 8 miles south of Alturas at about 10:30 a.m. when he confronted Breiner, who drove off after the shooting, Dowdy said.
The shot from Breiner killed Hopkins on impact, according to the Modoc County Sheriff's Office.
Dowdy said Poindexter, who was also responding to the call, caught up with Breiner and exchanged gunfire before hitting Breiner with a shot. Breiner was taken to a Redding hospital for treatment.
Poindexter suffered minor wounds during the confrontation with Breiner but returned to duty immediately, according to the Sheriff's Office.
“The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office and the entire law enforcement community of our region and state grieves the irrevocable loss of deputy Hopkins," Poindexter said in a news release. "I am grateful for the extraordinary allied-agency assistance we have received and we are thankful for the countless expressions of support we have received in the aftermath of Jack’s tragic death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to deputy Hopkins, his family, his co-workers, his many friends and to all those impacted by this tragic and senseless loss of a dedicated law enforcement professional and friend.”
Breiner is a registered sex offender and was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts wtih a child, according to California's Megan's Law database.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growden, is handling the criminal investigation into the murder of Hopkins and attempted murder of Poindexter.
The California Highway Patrol is handling the administrative investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
More than 15 North State law enforcement, firefighting and other agencies responded to assist in the case, in addition to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Sheriff's Office said.
The case remains under investigation and the Sheriff's Office asked anyone with information to call 233-4416.
Hopkins began working for Modoc County last year after working for the Alturas Police Department. He has five siblings and a dog, Bandit.
A memorial service for Hopkins is being planned, though a location and time haven't been set.
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