The body of the Modoc County Sheriff’s deputy who was killed while responding to a disturbance call Wednesday will be transported to his family in Redding on Thursday morning, according to spokeswoman Kristen Wilburn, a California Highway Patrol officer.
Jack Hopkins, 31, was killed while responding to a disturbance call on Wednesday, according to the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office. Hopkins had worked as a deputy with the department since 2015.
The Sheriff’s Office said Hopkins’ body will be transported Thursday morning from Modoc County. The Sheriff’s Office also announced a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m.
Hopkins is the fourth law enforcement officer in California to die in the line of duty in the last 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.
“He leaves behind extended family and co-workers who will miss him,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement released Wednesday night.
Deputies were responding at about 10:30 a.m. to a call on County Road 115, in a rural area about 10 miles south of Alturas, when Hopkins was shot. The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was involved in an active-shooter incident. No additional details were released.
By 11 a.m., the scene had been secured and a suspect was in custody, according to a news release.
Personnel from the Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen and Butte County sheriff’s offices and the California Highway Patrol are investigating the incident.
The Sheriff’s Department issued a statement saying, “The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office is overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and generosity for all of the Sheriff’s Office staff.”