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Colorado Murder Suspect Arrested in Ohio


GUERNSEY COUNTY, Ohio (February 22, 2024) – Guernsey County Sheriff Jeffrey Paden announced the arrest of Carl “Butch” Hoopingarner, 59, of Kipling, Ohio, in connection with a homicide investigation in Limon, Colorado.

Investigation and Standoff:

On February 20th, authorities in Colorado contacted the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office after discovering a deceased individual at Hoopingarner’s residence. Colorado authorities believed Hoopingarner may have been en route to Guernsey County, potentially armed and driving the victim’s vehicle.

Guernsey County investigators located the vehicle matching the description at a Buffalo, Ohio, residence. After making contact with the homeowner, investigators requested assistance from the Guernsey County Special Response Team (SRT), patrol deputies, Byesville Police Department, and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Following a 30-minute standoff, Hoopingarner surrendered to authorities without incident.

Charges and Next Steps:

Hoopingarner was served with arrest warrants for Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Belmont County) and First-Degree Murder (Limon, Colorado). He is currently being held in the Guernsey County Jail awaiting further court proceedings.

Sheriff’s Commendation:

Sheriff Paden expressed his appreciation for the dedication and collaboration of his investigators, deputies, and partner agencies in apprehending Hoopingarner, emphasizing the successful outcome due to their combined efforts.