Deputy and suspect dead in gun battle
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.
Deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot as she tried to photograph a footprint in the Enon Beach mobile-home park, authorities said. “Our deputy never had the opportunity to return fire or take cover,” Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said at a news conference.
Police officers were trying to retrieve Hopper’s body when the shooting 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.
The wounded officer, Jeremy Blum, was hospitalized in fair condition.
Resident Angelina Inman said she looked out of her trailer at the park 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.”
The trailer park sits near a highway about 50 miles west of Columbus. The suspect’s identity was not released. Gas leak prompts evacuation: A propane gas leak prompted authorities to briefly evacuate 900 homes Saturday and shut down roads and railroad service on Long Island, N.Y. Residents were told to leave about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a propane delivery driver discovered the leak in a 30,000-gallon tank in Shirley, about 50 miles east of New York City. About 175 people spent at least part of New Year’s Day at an emergency shelter.