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Calif. Sheriff’s Deputy Shot to Death

October 20, 2016

ALTURAS, Calif. — A Sheriff’s Deputy in a Northern California county near the Oregon border was shot to death Oct. 19 while responding to a disturbance call, the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were responding to a call on County Road 115, in a rural area about 10 miles south of Alturas, when Deputy Jack Hopkins, 31, was fatally shot. A suspect was detained shortly after, the sheriff’s office said. Hopkins joined the force last year, the office said.

A video posted late Oct. 19 to the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page showed about two dozen patrol cars with their emergency lights on riding down a town’s street. The video was titled “Deputy Jack Hopkins Procession.”

The Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen and Butte County Sheriff’s Offices and the California Highway Patrol are investigating the shooting, the office said.

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

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office said earlier in a brief statement the deputy was involved in an active-shooter incident. It didn’t release any other details.

The deputy 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.

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