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'Hell Broke Loose' In Gunfight That Took Deputy's Life

'Hell Broke Loose' In Gunfight That Took Deputy's Life

German Township Patrolman Jeremy Blum is wounded in a shootout with a gunman at a trailer park near in Enon, Ohio, on Saturday. Blum was shot in the arm and shoulder and was hospitalized in stable condition.

Associated Press

January 02, 2011

ENON, Ohio — A sheriff’s deputy investigating a report of gunfire at a trailer park was shot dead Saturday, and the shooting suspect was killed after a gun battle with police, authorities said. A police officer was wounded.

The slain deputy was married and was the mother of two children, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said. He didn’t release the names of the deputy or the suspect killed in the standoff in Enon Beach, about 50 miles west of Columbus.

The deputy was shot as she tried to photograph a footprint in the mobile-home park, which sits near a highway, Kelly said.

“Our deputy never had the opportunity to return fire or take cover,” he said at a news conference.

Heavy exchange of gunfire as police try to retrieve body

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Suzanne Waughtel Hopper

Police officers were trying to retrieve the deputy’s body when the suspect fired on them from inside a trailer, and a German Township officer was wounded in a large exchange of gunfire, Kelly said. There were “many, many, many” shots fired by the suspect and police, he said.

Enon Beach resident Angelina Inman said she looked out of her trailer to see the deputy lying on the ground. She watched as another officer tried to reach her body.

“He was itching to get her,” Inman said. “He kept radioing in, can he please get her, and he was told no because it wasn’t secure. You could see that male sheriff crying — he wanted to get her, he wanted to get her bad.”

Sheriff calls slain deputy ‘just a good person’

It appears that gunfire from Clark County deputies killed the suspect, said Kelly, who has been sheriff for 24 years. He said he had hired the slain deputy and had known her since the police academy. He called her “just a good person, an outstanding deputy,” and said she was the first officer he’s lost.

“This is the worst day of my entire law enforcement career,” Kelly said.

Enon Beach sits near Interstate 70 and acts as a seasonal campground with some summer-only residents and others who live there year-round. A portion of the highway was closed twice for a total of about an hour because the trailer park is so close to the roadway, State Highway Patrol Lt. Gary Lewis said.

Neighbor says gunman had a temper

A girl who lives in the trailer park said she knew the shooting suspect, and she described him as having a temper.

“He was a quiet person, but if you made him mad — he wasn’t very pleasant,” 15-year-old Chelsea Bagley said.

Her mother’s boyfriend, John Burkhardt, said he heard the shots fired in the neighborhood. Police then arrived, Burkhardt said, and for several minutes authorities asked the suspect over a loud speaker to come out and surrender.

“They give him 25 chances to walk out of there,” Burkhardt said. “They were begging him to come out, but he wouldn’t come out.”

Shortly after, Burkhardt said, authorities opened fire on the man’s trailer.

“All hell broke loose,” he said.

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    mtona

    about 2 years ago

    8 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    KAICHARESE

    about 3 years ago

    2780 Comments

    RIP.

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP

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    joel45acp

    over 3 years ago

    202 Comments

    We will carry your torch sister. Rest easy.

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP and Prayers to the family as they deal with this madness.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Sister. Good work to the brave officers who did what they had to do.

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    jack3d

    over 3 years ago

    56 Comments

    Good work boys on killing that fucking shitbag.Your heroes!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    God Bless Deputy Hooper, may God be with you and your family.

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    Kahunacop

    over 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    May God welcome our sister into his comforting arms, and hold her family to comfort their pain.
    Aloha Nui Loa

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    God bless Deputy Hopper and her family. Our prayers are with you all.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP. My prayers are with your family, friends, and coworkers.

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    securetexas

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    It is a shame to lose yet another Member of the Family... I attended the services for Officer Smith of Arlington Texas who also lost her life in a senseless manner.
    We all know the risks when we take the oath and pin on the tin. It is part of the job, but it still does not ease the pain for those left behind. I pray every day for the safety of my kids who are now in Law Enforcement. I worry as they go about doing the job as I am sure my mother did.
    Let us all be thankful for the ending to this situation, may the city Officer make a speedy recovery, as well my thoughts and prayers go to the families...

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    Rscheiterle

    over 3 years ago

    1822 Comments

    RIP

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    tbailes182

    over 3 years ago

    540 Comments

    Rest in Peace Sister. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends, and loved ones.

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    forensicinvestigator

    over 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    Rest in peace sister and may God hold you in his loving arms until your husband and children can be with you again. And thank God the other officers did a superior job in eliminating the threat and saving Clark County millions of dollars in court costs. He is where he deserves to be.

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