Wounded BCSO deputy has long road to recovery

Posted at: 10/27/2013 10:58 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The three Albuquerque Police Department officers shot, two hospitalized – are expected to survive, but the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot has a long road ahead.

On Sunday, she was reported still in the intensive care unit.

She has had at least two surgeries and on Sunday, the sheriff described her condition as serious.

But as she recovers, she has the thoughts and prayers of the entire law enforcement community – and the city of Albuquerque – on her side.

She was shot in the line of duty Saturday as shooter Christopher Chase fired at her vehicle from his car window.

“She was northbound on 4th Street to intercept the shooter who was southbound,” Sheriff Dan Houston.

Shot in the leg, her vehicle veered to a stop. Other officers put a tourniquet on her leg and rushed her to the hospital.

Sunday, her squad spent the day at her side.

“I told her there was a tremendous outpouring of support from the law enforcement community and the citizens,” Houston said. “A big grin came on her face and a thumbs up.”

Deputy Hopkins started with BCSO in 1998.

While serving as a school resource officer, she ran the Boston Marathon to raise money to build a skate park, meant for kids who needed something to keep them out of trouble.

Before BCSO, she was a Marine. Now, she serves on the Air Force Guard.

She is also a mother. KOB Eyewitness News 4 once interviewed her for a series on families.

"With good values and love, comes maybe wanting to do the right thing,” she said.

She is the kind of person any department would want on her team, and the sheriff’s department has every intention of getting her back.

“We communicated, her in writing, and she advised me that she feels very blessed, that she will be back to work - which I articulated to her that we would certainly facilitate that,” Houston said.