Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Waughtel Hopper Clark County Sheriff’s Office Ohio End of Watch: Saturday, January 1, 2011

Photograph: Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Waughtel HopperPatch image: Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Waughtel Hopper
Clark County Sheriff’s Office

End of Watch: Saturday, January 1, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, January 1, 2011
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed after responding to a call of a window being shot out at a trailer park in Enon.
While conducting a preliminary investigation Deputy Hopper observed a footprint and took out a camera to photograph it. As she took photographs a male opened the door to his trailer and fired one shot at Deputy Hopper with a shotgun, killing her.
Additional deputies and officers from area police departments arrived at the scene and surrounded the trailer. A standoff ensued in which dozens of shots were fired between the suspect and officers. A police officer from the German Township Police Department was wounded and the suspect was ultimately killed during the shootout.
Deputy Hopper had served with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. She is survived by her husband and two children.

Agency Contact Information
Clark County Sheriff’s Office
120 N Fountaine Avenue
Springfield, OH 45502
Phone: (937) 521-2050
Please contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper, a 40-year-old mother-of-two, was killed as she was investigating reports of gunfire in the area, Enon Beach, Ohio

As she patrolled the area, the door of a silver trailer swung open and a man fired a single shotgun blast which killed her instantly.

Her partner, sergeant Dustin White, was seen by residents desperately trying to retrieve her body.

Angelina Inman, an Enon Beach resident, said: "He was itching to get her. He kept radioing in, can he please get her, and he was told no because it wasn’t secure. You could see him crying – he wanted to get her, he wanted to get her bad."

A gun battle then ensued as police officers attempted to retrieve the deputy’s body. A second officer, Jeremy Blum, was shot in the arm and shoulder. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition.

The unidentified gunman was subsequently killed during the gunfight as several officers responded to the scene.

Another Enon Beach resident, John Burkhardt, said: "They gave him [the gunman] 25 chances to walk out of there. They were begging him to come out, but he wouldn’t come out."

Mr Burkhardt added that police opened fire on the man’s trailer and "all hell broke loose".

Gene A Kelley, Clark County Sheriff, said: "When we entered the trailer the suspect was deceased, apparently from the exchange of gunfire.

"Our deputy never had the opportunity to return fire or take cover. She was an outstanding deputy, is married and a parent of two children.

"This is my worst day in 24 years as a sheriff of Clark County."


2 Responses to “Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Waughtel Hopper Clark County Sheriff’s Office Ohio End of Watch: Saturday, January 1, 2011”

  1. 1 Adolph C. Namlik January 2, 2011 at 19:27

    I’m writing to express my deepest and sincere condolences to the family and co-workers of Deputy Suzanne Hopper.

    God Bless

    Adolph C. Namlik
    Chief of Police, Ret.
    Gowanda Police Department
    Gowanda, N.Y.

  2. 2 Retired Sgt. Mike Stanfill January 3, 2011 at 15:01

    I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Suzanne Hopper. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Having had the opportunity to work with Suzanne while at the Sheriffs Department, I know that she not only leaves behind a loving family but also many caring co-workers and friends.

    Suzanne, you are a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for your community and country.

    You are “The Best of the Best” and will be greatly missed by all.

    Sgt. Mike Stanfill, Retired
    Clark County Sheriffs Department
    Springfield, Ohio

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