Officer Down! Modoc County Sheriff Deputy Killed In The Line Of Duty
UPDATE: Our lost Hero has been identified as 31-year-old Jack Hopkins.
Alturas, CA – Authorities are reporting that a Modoc County Sheriff deputy was shot and killed in the rural county near the Oregon border.
At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday the Modoc County sheriff’s office received a call about a disturbance in progress. The area was near County Road 115 and County Road 170, about 10 miles south of Alturas city limits. The deputy was responding to what has been described as an active shooter situation. The sheriff’s office then received calls that there had been an officer-involved shooting. Law enforcement officers from the California Highway Patrol, Alturas Police Department, and Fish and Wildlife responded. Responding personnel were unable to revive the officer and he died at the scene.
According to Twitter reports from multiple agencies involved in this incident, the suspect is in custody and the scene has been secured. Multiple agencies are involved in the investigation to include the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol MAIT Team.
Officials said more information, including the deputies name, will be released at a later time.
Undersheriff William “Tex” Dowdy said, “please keep our law enforcement community and first responders in your prayers and respect the family’s and law enforcement’s privacy”. Modoc County is situated in northeastern California and is home to national forests, mountains, and volcanic lava flows. The county spans over 4,000 square miles but only has a population of 8,965. Another example of a police officer killed in small community, rural America.
Wilburn says the deputy’s name will not be released pending the notification of family.
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