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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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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers are with the fallen Deputy, wishing for a full recovery for the woulded Officer.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    BUMP TO ALL COMMENTS , LET'S START PRAYING FOR A BETTER 2011 FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Thats just terrible. prayers to her family, and a speedy recovery to the officer wounded.

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    cnjbrooks

    over 3 years ago

    148 Comments

    Very unfortunate incident. Sensless and sad. RIP Deputy. At least the suspect is dead now with no further chances to hurt another human.

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    DetectiveRCampbell

    over 3 years ago

    46 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Hopper, Thank you for your service.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace Deputy Suzane Hopper, prayers and thoughts of comfort go out to your family, friends and fellow officers. At least the cowardly dirtbag waqs shot dead, hope he enjoys his time in hell.

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    granny1

    over 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    rest in peace,officer blum you are a hero,

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    BigDon

    over 3 years ago

    64 Comments

    Bless you our sister, may you and your family have peace. Officer Blum you truly deserve a medal.

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    haas014

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    RIP Deputy Hopper

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    firefighter_mfd139

    over 3 years ago

    320 Comments

    RIP Deputy Suzanne Hopper, glad the scum that did it is dead!!!!

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    chamane44

    over 3 years ago

    246 Comments

    RIP Deputy Hopper...

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    Illini

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    My heart truely aches for Deputy Hopper's family and the C.C.S.O.. How horrible. She was a hero and so is Officer Blum. To the suspect, burn in hell while Deputy Hopper walks the streets of gold.

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4950 Comments

    Bump mmarchesi
    Rest in Peace Deputy Hopper Godspeed
    Prayers go out to Deputy Blum for a speedy recovery.
    Thoughts and Prayers go out to the fallen Deputy's Family, friends, and department.

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    coshane220

    over 3 years ago

    682 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Hopper!

    My thoughts and prayers will be with your friends and family during this difficult situation.

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    jburmester

    over 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    RIP Deputy Hopper

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