Montgomery County Deputies responded to two different locations for self-inflicted gunshot wounds on Monday. In Butler, authorities responded to a shooting incident and upon arrival located 62-year-old Henry E. Garner outside the residence with a suspected gunshot wound. Garner was transported by Hillsboro Area Ambulance to a rural landing zone where he was then transported by air to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He is listed in stable condition. ISP along with ISP CSI assisted with the investigation.
Montgomery County Deputies also conducted a traffic stop at a residence north of Fillmore and as the Deputy made contact with the driver, 57-year-old Timothy C. Hopwood of Fillmore, authorities noticed that Hopwood was not compliant and refused to leave the vehicle. As the Deputy attempted to gain compliance, Hopwood retrieved a handgun from within the vehicle and shot himself. A witness on the scene observed the incident.
The Deputy was injured in the incident as a window was broken in an attempt to get Hopwood out of the vehicle. Life-saving measures were conducted, but Hopwood succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by Montgomery County Coroner Randy Leetham. The ISP, Hillsboro Area Ambulance, and the Fillmore Fire Department assisted at the scene. The Deputy was transported to Hillsboro Hospital where he was treated and released.