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Husband of Arizona ballet dancer charged with murder after shooting his wife when she ‘surprised’ him: officials

A Arizona Grand Jury charged a man accused of shooting and killing his wife – a professional ballet dancer – when she ‘scared’ him in the middle of the night, according to law enforcement documents.

A Maricopa County grand jury indicted Hoopes, 36, for second degree murder and unlawful release of a weapon in connection with the May 20 shooting death of his wife, Colleen Hoopes, the county attorney’s office said Friday. The indictment, provided to Fox News Digital on Monday, further outlines the felony charges against Hoopes.

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Information regarding Hoopes’ attorney was not immediately available.

Maricopa County District Attorney Rachel Mitchell described the 25-year-old victim as “an extremely talented dancer, loved by her community”.

“Her life has been cut short,” Mitchell said in Friday’s press release, “and this office will seek justice for her and her family, who are devastated by her death.”

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Hoopes was a dancer with Ballet Arizona before his unexpected death. Colleen and Christopher Hoopes got married in July 2020, according to a Facebook page that appeared to belong to the victim.

Tempe police said they received a call around 3:45 a.m. on May 20 “for information about the shooting.”

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“According Tempe Police Dispatch, the caller, identified as Christopher Hoops (sic), said he was surprised by his wife in the middle of the night and then shot her,” police said.

Officers arrived to find Colleen Hoopes suffering from a gunshot wound. They rushed the victim to a local hospital, but she could not be saved, police said.

Hoopes is accused of shooting his wife twice with a 9mm handgun, local FOX affiliate 10 Phoenix reported, citing investigators. He reportedly called the police four minutes later.

He was sentenced to $750,000 bond, FOX 10 reported, adding that he was no longer listed as an inmate.

Colleen Hoopes’ father, Ed Buckley, remembered his daughter as “a real light in our lives,” FOX 10 reported.

In a statement posted to its Facebook page following news of Hoopes’ death, Ballet Arizona called the woman an “integral part of the Ballet Arizona family” who will “be deeply missed.”

“Her kindness and talent always shone through, whether she was a dancer, teacher or friend,” the statement read. “She was passionate and dedicated to her art and a shining light to all of us. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.”