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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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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    I still think that the judge that let this POS out with such a light sentence should be the one to face Deouty Hoppers family and tell them he was the one that allowed him to walk free.
    Deputy Hopper will live on forever in our hearts and in the hearts of all future LEOs

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    kuhnkejer

    over 3 years ago

    220 Comments

    SAD RIP sister

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    lastmarshall

    over 3 years ago

    18 Comments

    God please be with the Deputy and her family. We lost a Deputy in Orlando last month. Everyone please be careful, I don't know what is going on but people are set on killing someone.... so remember no call is routine and go into any situation with exterme caution.

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    hndcffu

    over 3 years ago

    46 Comments

    Two female officers in less than two weeks....Officers PERIOD! Everybody be careful out there....These fools are taking NO prisoners...

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    SULLYMAN

    over 3 years ago

    492 Comments

    Another senseless shooting. What is wrong with people? Rest in Peace sister.

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    Collegecop_WA

    over 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    I want to commend Officer Blum, from what the video shows he got hit early in the gunfight and still returned controlled fire at the suspect until he ran out of ammo. That is a true warrior spirit!

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    bluejay484

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    All are in mourning and great sadness for you...Deputy Hopper-( Noble-Sister of the Force) and indeed a great loss for your family, and all whom your life ever has touched, may your family find the strength, and courage to endure..........without you..here...but your light lives on!!!

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    bluejay484

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    All are in mourning and great sadness for you...Deputy Hopper-( Noble-Sister of the Force) and indeed a great loss for your family, and all whom your life ever has touched, may your family find the strength, and courage to endure..........without you..here...but your light lives on!!!

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    ZFtroop

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    R.I.P.Angel.....God Bless You and Your Family>>>

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    ppupatrol

    over 3 years ago

    442 Comments

    RIP Deputy Hopper

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP my sister.. You were doing your job, and now we will take it from here. God Bless you, and prayers for your family..

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    Rogue1

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    My heart is broken for this Deputy and her family. RIP my sister. Quick recovery for you officer Blum . Judges ,
    reveiw boards and bleeding hearts, consider who is doing the bleeding when you let this kind of warped person lose on society and then don't! To that Sheriffs depatment I share your pain and God bless you all.

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    albrey0923

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    You will be miss Suzanne Waughtel Hopper. The other Officer that stand your Police family is with you, stay strong may God Bless you and her family.

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    station_100_2003

    over 3 years ago

    552 Comments

    May you rest In peace sister. My prayers go out to your family friends and fellow officers.

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