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Ballet dancer shot dead by her husband after saying he took her for an intruder

TEMPE, AZ (Arizona’s Family/Gray News) – Arizona police say a man is facing a second-degree murder charge after shooting his wife early Friday morning at their home.

“The [911] the caller said he was surprised by his wife in the middle of the night and shot her,” said Detective Natalie Barela of the Tempe Police Department.

According to court documents, Christopher Hoopes told police he shot two to three times before realizing it was his wife. Hoopes stood by that statement at the scene until he asked to speak to an attorney.

During their investigation, detectives found evidence that Hoopes had shot from the foot of the bed at the opposite end of the bed. His wife, Colleen Hoopes, 25, was taken to hospital with two gunshot wounds to the chest. She died within the hour The Arizona Family reports.

According to the documents, a nearby house had surveillance footage with audio of the shooting. In the recording, the sound of a gunshot can be heard, followed by another more than two seconds later.

“It’s critical that neighbors were able to help us and provide some of that feedback through monitoring and recordings,” Barela said. “It helps us develop a different probable cause than the statements that have been made and said.”

Christopher Hoopes was arrested for second-degree murder and firearm discharge within city limits. He posted bond, set at $750,000.

Colleen Hoopes has been a professional dancer with Ballet Arizona for the past five years.

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

Colleen Hoopes’ family say she has had a passion for dancing since she was 2 years old.

“I told her she had to wait until she was 4 years old. And so for months she was like, ‘Am I still 4 years old? Am I still 4 years old? Am I still 4 years old? “Because she wanted those dance lessons so badly,” her mother, Deb Buckley, said.

Dancing at Ballet Arizona, her family says, was everything Colleen Hoopes had ever dreamed of.

“Being a baller in a company isn’t a job. It’s like Major League Baseball. It’s like the NFL. Being able to be a dancer at that level is major league,” Deb Buckley said. she wanted was to dance on this stage. He’s the kindest, sweetest, most loving, caring person you’ve ever met in your entire life.”

His family would not comment on the investigation.

“You are stunned. You are devastated. It’s a nightmare that we constantly try to wake up from, ”said Deb Buckley. “My heart has been ripped out of my chest and this pain is real.”

Colleen Hoopes’ family is creating a scholarship in her honor at the Draper Center of Dance Education, where she studied to help children with the same drive and passion she had.

Ballet Arizona released this statement:

“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of company dancer, Colleen Hoopes. Colleen was an integral part of the Ballet Arizona family and will be deeply missed. She was passionate and dedicated to her craft and a shining light to us all. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.

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