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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Your life was taken too soon and on this 17th anniversary of your tragic death, I just wish to thank you for your service to your community, helping to keep those to terrorize society, steal and damage lives, away from the innocent.

God Bless and may your rest forever be peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

August 20, 2015

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