May 20, 2016
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 1 year ago
On the afternoon of May 20, 2016, a Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Deputy arriving home from work at his Nacogdoches County residence discovered the body of 26 year-old Cedar Hill Resident Christian Hopson inside his 25 year-old son’s bedroom. Hopson was a former Nacogdoches County resident and the estranged girlfriend of the Deputy’s son. The Deputy lived at the residence with his wife and son, who were reportedly both at work. The Deputy immediately notified Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges, and he and other deputies responded to the scene to begin a Questionable Death Investigation.
Sheriff Bridges contacted the Texas Rangers and requested they respond to the scene and assist in the investigation, because the crime scene was located inside a Deputy’s home. Nacogdoches County Investigators and the Texas Rangers initially worked the investigation together, however, Sheriff Bridges has since turned all investigative duties over to the Texas Rangers.
Sheriff Bridges learned on May 23, that preliminary autopsy findings showed Hopson’s manner of death was suicide and cause of death a gunshot wound to the head. Rangers were advised the final autopsy results would not be ready for several weeks, and only after lab tests were completed.
The Texas Rangers are continuing the Questionable Death Investigation and considering all possibilities. Once completed, the Texas Rangers investigation will be presented to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office for review.
On Monday Septemer 3, 2018, The Texas Department of Public Safety released a new report on the investigation of Christian Hopson's death. The new report stated that Hopson was found in the deputy's son's room with a gun held in her left hand and bullet wounds on the left temple and right ear. The report also stated that two autopsies were conducted on Hopson's body - one requested through Nacogdoches County and the other through Hopson's family. Both autopsies concluded that Hopson died by suicide.