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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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  • Here_and_there_052_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers and condolences go out to the Hopper family. What a tragedy. And a stark reminder, as have been a couple of recent officer killings, that you have to stay in Condition Orange all the time--there's no task a police officer undertakes that might not turn into an armed confrontation at any second. The killing of the Arlington, TX officer taking a DV report, now this instance, collecting evidence-- things are getting crazy out there, folks....

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    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace Deputy Hopper...Rest my sister and brave warrior...Rest young lady...We have the Watch.

    Again, my prayers go out to the Hopper family. And to the Clark County Sheriff Dept. So tragic are the events of this day...So sad and humbling...

    Lord Jesus, I pray for quick and full healing for this family and that it brings closure to this aweful and ugly event in their lives. For one of your warriors, have fallen here on this earth. But as I believe, has been received in your Kingdom. Lord I pray for comfort and understanding for the Men and Women that make-up the Clark County Sheriff Dept. And for comfort and healing for all those that were impacted by the loss of this beautiful and courageous warrior of Peace, Good and Justice...... Amen'

    And may the Officer injured in the line of duty while trying to help this fallen warrior, make a full and speedy recovery.

    And may the Wife beating T-shirt wearing, Beer drinking, Meth head, Trailer Trash A$$hole, that committed this ugly and aweful deed, BURN IN HELL..!!!!

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    over 4 years ago


    WOW!! I am not even sure what to say... I feel so horrible for her family. A loss that can never be put into words. I pray they have good chaplains. It is obvious the family will have a lot of support from the department. Thank you to her and all the LEOs that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I know she will be greatly missed. May God bring comfort to the family, friends and all who knew her. RIP

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  • Bpd2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is just so horrible! My thoughts are with everyone. RIP Deputy and thank you for your heroic life you led. I wish a speedy recovery to the wounded deputy. Please stay safe out there.

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    over 4 years ago


    RIP Deputy

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    over 4 years ago



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    over 4 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers go to the Deputy Hopper family and friends also to the Clark County (OH) Sheriff Department. Then again as we reflect on all these heroes who walk the thin blue line. Let be our prayer that every hero goes home at the end of see moreshift whether be a police officer, sheriff, correctional officer, constable, trooper, agent, marshal, or an ice agent and border and customs agent. Let prayer be true in all of us that In Valor There Is Hope.. And that it is not how these officers see moredied that made them heroes it is how they lived. And had the miracle to protect us from harm thanks be to God for that my friends. And let this be known these heroes never be forgotten by me or there nation. God bless you and God bless all Peace see moreOfficers of America.. Again thank you for walking the thin blue line of righteousness and goodness.. From Chaplain David Matthew Duffany of Mascotte, Florida..

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    over 4 years ago

    We are praying for our sister's family and colleagues and for a speedy recovery for our brother. We (LE) had an extremely tough 2010 and here we are starting off 2011 on a negative note. Good job by the responding officers.
    Det. Sgt. M.C. Williams

  • Jon_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May God bless and comfort the Family!!!

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    over 4 years ago


    RIP sister. God bless your family, friends and co workers and watch over them always. You will be missed! Deputy Blum I wish you a speedy recovery.

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    over 4 years ago


    I F'n HATE to see this; play safe! God bless all involved.

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    over 4 years ago


    RIP my fellow LEO may God watch over your family at this horrible time.

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    over 4 years ago


    As i watched the senseless battle take places, all i could think was not again! when will this stop! My heart felt prayers go out to Deputy Hopper's family and her poor children without a mother,. may they know that she is a Hero. I also wish a speedy recovery for Deputy Blum emotionally and physically.

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