Deputy Shot and Killed, Officer Wounded at Mobile Home Park; Gunman Dead

By Valerie Caviglia
By Michael Konopasek

January 2, 2011 Updated Jan 2, 2011 at 7:22 PM EDT

Enon, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed and a police officer was wounded after a trailer park shootout.

The drama unfolded in Enon, Ohio, which is about 20 miles northeast of Dayton.

It all started when a deputy was photographing a footprint as she was investigating a report of gunfire. That is when she was shot and killed without an opportunity to return fire or even take cover.

A blaze of gunfire ensued after deputy Suzanne Hopper, a wife and mother, was killed.

The action happened just after 11:30 Saturday morning. Witnesses described the scene as all hell breaking lose.

The shootout lasted for a matter of seconds when one officer was wounded.

He was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but hospital officials expect the officer to be okay.

After the fog of gunfire and smoke grenades cleared, the gunman was found dead in his trailer.

An emotional Clark County Sheriff spoke about what happened just before the mother of two was killed.

“It appears that the door of the trailer opened, and the person inside fired one shotgun blast, striking the deputy and fatally wounding the deputy,” said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly. “The deputy was an outstanding deputy and is married and a parent of two children. This is the worst day in my 24 years as the Sheriff of Clark County,” said Kelly.

Sheriff Kelly said Suzanne Hopper was a dedicated member of the Sheriff’s Office. She was hired in 1999 and was known for putting on charity events for the Special Olympics.

Those close to her say she always placed service before self.

So far, it appears nobody knows why the gunman lashed out. Officials say the suspect had a history with police. Some of the people living in the trailer park say he had quite a temper.

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