Deputy and sus­pect dead in gun bat­tle

The Washington Post Sunday - - NEWS -

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.

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