Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 8/20/1998
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect: Charged with 16 felonies
Correctional Officer Hopkins was killed when the corrections van he was driving was struck by a drunk driver in St. Louis County, Missouri. Officer Hopkins was transporting prisoners when the other vehicle crossed the center line and struck the corrections van, which overturned several times. Officer Hopkins, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and killed. A second officer was injured and the driver of a vehicle behind the corrections van was also killed. The drunk driver was arrested and faces 16 felony charges.
Officer Hopkins had been with the agency for five years and is the first corrections officer killed in St. Louis County in 28 years.