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Ballet dancer shot and killed in Arizona by ‘surprised’ husband: Cops

A young ballet dancer has been shot and killed in her Arizona home by her ‘frightened’ husband – and now he is charged with murder, police have said.

Colleen Hoopes, a 25-year-old dancer with Ballet Arizona, was shot dead in her Tempe home on Friday.

Her husband, Christopher Hoopes, called 911 at 3:30 a.m. to report the shooting, saying he woke up in a panic and shot twice before realizing he had shot his wife, documents show judicial. obtained by the Arizona Republic.

Colleen Hoopes, who was shot twice in the chest, was pronounced dead in hospital less than an hour later.

Christopher Hoopes, 36, faces second-degree murder charges in the shooting – which happened in a bedroom, according to court documents. His bail was set at $750,000 ahead of a court date set for Thursday, the newspaper reported.

“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of company dancer Colleen Hoopes,” Ballet Arizona tweeted Wednesday. “Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”

Colleen Hoopes joined Ballet Arizona in 2017 after completing her professional ballet training at a dance center in Rochester.
Arizona Ballet

Christopher Hoopes initially told dispatchers the shooting was accidental, Tempe police told KTAR-FM.

“He woke up with a start and fired his gun,” said Sgt. Hector Encinas said on the radio.

Two separate shots were fired about two seconds apart during the fatal discharge, according to a recording from a neighbor provided to police, the Arizona Republic reported.

Christopher Hoopes
Christopher Hoopes called 911 at 3:30 a.m. to report the shooting.
Tempe Police Department

Colleen Hoopes joined Ballet Arizona in 2017 after completing her professional ballet training at a dance center in Rochester, New York. She previously attended Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, according to the newspaper.

“Colleen was an integral part of Ballet Arizona and will be deeply missed,” the group told the Arizona Republic in a statement. “She was passionate and dedicated to her art form and a shining light for all of us.”

Hoopes’ sister, Michaela Buckley, said she was more lively when performing her craft.

“You could tell how happy she was when she was dancing,” Buckley told AZFamily.com. “That’s where she showed her greatest joy and she’s so free. It was really beautiful to see her on stage.

Colleen Hoopes
Hoopes was shot twice in the chest.
Arizona Ballet

Video published on YouTube showed Hoopes performing various routines at Indiana University, including “The Nutcracker Snow Princess”.

Buckley and Hoopes’ mother, Deb Buckley, declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

“You’re stunned,” Deb Buckley told the outlet. “You are devastated. It’s a nightmare you keep trying to wake up from. My heart was ripped out of my chest and this pain is real.

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Two separate shots were fired about two seconds apart during the fatal discharge, according to a recording from a neighbor provided to police.
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Hoopes’ family, meanwhile, plans to establish a scholarship in his memory at the Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester.