Correctional Officer James Stephen Hopkins, II

Correctional Officer James Stephen Hopkins, II

St. Louis County Department of Justice Services, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, August 20, 1998

James Stephen Hopkins, II

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.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with 16 felonies

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Officer Hopkins,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis County. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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