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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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    over 3 years ago


    What a sad day.. RIP!

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    over 3 years ago


    Amen Robocop33, If you read this comment, please be sure to be aware as you can of your surroundings. I watch the videos of officers killed, so that I stay in the mentality that the next person I deal with may be the one that tries to kill me. Be safe everyone, let's try to have a great year. God Bless you all.

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    over 3 years ago


    All LE deaths bother me and I feel like I have lost a member of my family, I have, my 'Blue' family. Every so often we will lose one of our own and it really takes a heavy emotional toll on me and for some reason this is one of them. I don't know if it is the manner in which she was killed, the fact that she was a female or a mother, that she was really pretty, or that she was such a good person and an outstanding example of what a LEO should be. Maybe it was the heroism of the other officers, especially Officer Blum who was shot while trying to reach his sisters body. Maybe it was the obvious pain that the Sheriff showed at the press conference. Maybe because it was the first of the year. Who knows. No matter what, it did tear at my heart and I really wished I could have spit on his carcass for the pain he caused so many people.
    God Bless and keep all those affected by the death of Deputy Hopper and the wounding of Officer Blum. They are both heroes and we should be proud of them. Be safe my brothers and sisters. We will .lose more this year but please be cautious in what you do and keep yourself safe as best you can to reduce these deaths in 2011.

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    over 3 years ago


    alexk12004, you said it all. Rest in Peace Sister. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. My prayers for the family and the officers.

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Sister! Our prayers go out to your family and fellow officers. God Speed to the Officer who was wounded in the gun fire wheil trying to reach his fallen sister. Thank God JUSTICE was delivered right there on the spot!!!!

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    over 3 years ago


    "Greater love hath no man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friend". Rest in peace deputy.

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    over 3 years ago


    RIP Deputy Hopper and condolences to your family...

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    over 3 years ago


    RIP Deputy Hopper. Maybe that photo of Patrolman Blum will wake up these freakin neighborhoods that house these lowlifes and encourage people to help out more in fighting crime rather than turning a blind eye to what is going on in their community. People as calous as this guy don't just happen they exhibit behavior that shows what they are capable of over a period of time, erratic, angry and violent!

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    over 3 years ago


    Thanks for your service. God bless you and your children. RIP Deputy Hopper!

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    over 3 years ago


    Tragic, senseless loss. We're losing good cops at an epic rate, and it has to stop. God rest your soul Deputy, your brothers and sisters will carry on.

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    over 3 years ago


    RIP Sister. Speedy recovery to the wounded deputy trying to get to his fallen sister. Hope the POS perp has gasoline drawers in Hell to burn for all eternity.

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    over 3 years ago


    Very tragic. Prayers with the family and the Department. RIP Deputy Hooper.

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    over 3 years ago


    What a damned shame; R.I.P. Deputy! God has your six now.

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