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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


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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  • Parkside_crest_new_12-15-08_copy_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am very saddened that we could not make it one day into the new year without a LODD, but this goes to show everyone, that we are living in a more violent society and no one is safe anymore, including LEO's. I've said it time and time again; A society that fails to protect it protectors had better learn to protect itself.

    We need to push our legislators to enact laws that will help protect LEO's. Such as Death for any cop killers, or at minimum, Life without any possibility of parole, stiffer penalties for anyone attempting to kill or assault an officer, and better review of paroled inmates.

    Rest in Peace Sister, my thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones. I also pray for a full and speedy recovery for Ptl. Blum...

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sickening,,,RIP Deputy

  • Me_at_toys_r_us_in_time_square_with_tansformer_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My fiance works for a FD in Clark County this is a sad day for the CCSO

  • Bike2008-22_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sad story, wishing a quick recovery for the injured Deputy and prayers to the family and deputies.

  • Snapshot_20111212_9_max50


    over 3 years ago


    And I hope the wounded officer has a quick recovery and a better year for Clark County Sheriffs Department.

  • Snapshot_20111212_9_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What a sad sad story. I hope her babies are taken care of and may she Rest In Peace. She's a hero and her kids will always know that.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    RIP Deputy

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    RIP sister and complete recovery to the wounded police officer.

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Sister, speedy and complete recovery to the wounded Deputy!

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    Good job by the responding officers using the proper force.
    Speedy recovery to the wounded LEO.
    R.I.P. Sister. May God bless your soul.

  • Monday_march_3_police_blotter_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P Deputy
    Bump Robocop33, stay safe out there everyone......

  • Att179311_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. bump Robo

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Another very sad situation. I will pray for her family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Robocop33.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Horrible. This Officer stood absolutely no chance and was ambushed by a complete coward. I am very glad that her brothers and sisters were able to kill this complete waste of DNA. Still it will not bring back Deputy Hopper who from all information as an exceptional Officer and person who will be sorely missed.
    God Bless this Deputies family and friends.
    Prayers go out to Officer Blum for a speedy and complete recovery.

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