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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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  • Esu_patch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Deputy,,,,,

  • Scan0001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    You are a Hero Deputy Hopper and will always remember . we as law enforcement officers are a large family even though we may not know each other personaly but we are still family. we lost a sister on new years day she was and is a hero to her family ,friends ,dept and county. i pray god blesses and watches over her family thru this very hard time. and to the deputy that was shot and who is recovering i pray god bless you and that you have a speedy recovery you Sir are also a Hero.

  • Badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    We will never forget. Rest in Peace Deputy Hopper

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    It would be nice if someone printed out this article and all the comments and gave them to the family of Deputy Hopper for them to read later in life to understand the love and admiration her brothers and sisters have for her.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    My condolences goes out to the deputy's family. Rip sister

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    May God bless this family and the department she worked for. Another LEO gone too soon. God bless us all and stay safe.

  • Img_0716mm_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sorry gang, forgot the web url. These folks are bad news........this article thoroughly disgusts me.

    Time to bring back "alley court".

  • Img_0716mm_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Now, after you watch the video of the shooting, go to this web page and and see just how sick these fringe groups can be. All of our active LE need to be aware of this group, and make sure you post this rant at your roll calls.

    Also, it was not mentioned, but the coward that shot Deputy Hooper, blind sided her. To make matters even worse, (if there is such a an animal), he was also convicted of a similar crime 10 years ago in Morgan County, Ohio. He was involved in a 26 hour standoff with LE, in ANOTHER trailer park, and was eventually found guilty of all crimes, but guilty by "reason of insanity". The coward did 2 years in a nut house before being released to kill this time around.

    All of you just be careful in these POS low life trailer park camp grounds. I always suspected this place in Enon, Ohio was a dumping grounds for perverts, misfits, felons and nut jobs, and unfortunately, my gut feelings were correct.

    Lets pray for the Township Officer's speedy recovery, ( he was supposed to have been released last night), and for Deputy Hooper's family. She has 2 children.

    As an older retired LE, I feel things will only get worse for our younger Officers. Just remember, there is no such thing as "routine" in Law Enforcement.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Cop killings will never stop. We are just going to have to face that fact and keep on keeping on. Cop killings was high in 2010 and starating off with a bang in 2011. Another one of our LEO's gone. God Bless Deputy Hooper, her family and her Department. She will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    WTH when will cop killing stop.I say

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    RIP in Deputy Hooper. Another hero, not to be forgotten. May God bless you, and your family through this time of grief. Patrolman Blum, may God speed your recovery. Thank you for your sacrifices LEO's.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Here we go again. RIP to yet another police officer.

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace, Sister. My prayers for your family and co-workers.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "Bump"caleigh1989...And thank you.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Even though I have already posted on this aweful and sad incident, I just want to say to all that are out there wearing the badge; Please be careful and watchful in all that you do. For your mission when its' all said and done, is to go home alive....May GOD be with us all, in all that we do.

    And again, my prayers are with the family and friends of this fine and beautiful warrior of Peace, Good, and Justice.

    May you for ever rest in the Kingdom of GOD the Father and CHRIST our Lord...Amen'

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