CALUMET—Cursing at dispatchers, Andrew Lee Hoppe demanded an ambulance come to his father’s Calumet home at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 1.
The younger Hoppe told O’Brien County dispatchers his father, Terry Lee Hoppe, was choking and bleeding but refused to provide them any additional details, only requesting that they hurry up, according to court documents.
When help did arrive at the home, they found the 65-year-old Calumet resident lying in a bed in his son’s downstairs bedroom visibly bleeding from a single stab wound in his chest and initially refusing medical treatment.
The only two people home at the time of the incident were Terry and Andrew Hoppe. Both men were labeled under “interested party” in search warrant filings in related to the stabbing.
The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office applied for and executed multiple search warrants related to the case, including one requesting a urine sample from Andrew Hoppe.
According to the last update provide by the sheriff’s office, Terry Hoppe remains in critical condition at MercyOne Medical Center in Sioux City. MercyOne is not legally allowed to provide a status update on patients to media.
Terry Hoppe was transported there by helicopter after staff at Cherokee Regional Medical Center, which is where he initially was treated after being brought there by the Sutherland Fire & Ambulance Department.
Medical personnel in Cherokee determined Terry Hoppe had life-threatening injuries.
Cherokee hospital staff also told O’Brien County deputy Lee Reuvers, who filed all of the search warrant applications, that Terry Hoppe’s stab wound was consistent with either a self-inflicted wound or an assault wound.
Although Andrew Hoppe has not been charged, reports by Reuvers strongly indicate the 17-year veteran of law enforcement thinks the 49-year-old is connected to his father’s stabbing.
When Reuvers arrived at Terry Hoppe’s home at 9:42 a.m. on March 1, he found various amounts of blood all over the residence, including a pool of it near the downstairs bedroom where Terry Hoppe was found.
Reuvers said Andrew Hoppe was of little help when they trying to determine how his father was injured and that the deputy could detect a strong odor of alcohol coming off Andrew Hoppe.
Additionally, the deputy also thought the younger Hoppe was under the influence of an illegal substance. He noted Andrew Hoppe’s moods fluctuated quickly during their interactions.
Furthermore, while walking through the house, Reuvers noted there were multiple indicators of drug use present.
Pill bottles out in the open, three vape machines containing unknown substances were in the living room, bongs, pipes, scales, cigarette rolling papers, plastic baggies and more were found.
In Terry Hoppe’s upstairs bedroom, Reuvers noted he found seeds and stems consistent with marijuana. Terry Hoppe later tested positive for three drugs via a blood sample in Cherokee, one of which was marijuana.
A neighbor gave Andrew Hoppe a ride to the Cherokee hospital and Reuvers observed that Andrew Hoppe took the clothes he was wearing, two coats and a black bag that was stashed in his room with him when he left.
Reuvers later was granted permission to photograph “certain property” while executing a search warrant.
Other items collected for evidence included two iPads, three MacBooks, blood samples, photos of the property, notebooks, a legal paper with writing, medical records, a knife and sheath, and two other sheaths.
Some of the deputy’s rationale for collecting those items was that people often use electronic communication devices to plan criminal activity, drug users often have surveillance systems and that people who are suicidal or consider harming others often leave clues of their intentions on devices.
Throughout the investigation, the sheriff’s office partnered with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Matt Burns, a DCI agent, contacted a relative of the two Hoppes on March 1. During that phone call, the person revealed Andrew Hoppe told him on Feb. 27 he wanted to kill his father.