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Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Michelle Hopper | Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff

Suzanne Michelle Hopper

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 12-69

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/1/2011

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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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 was taking 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, two children, and two stepchildren.

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Suzanne, I am outraged, frustrated and embarrassed for your organization that no officer came to you immediately after you'd been shot. I just saw the account and video of your murder and cannot believe the lack of response to save you. I simply cannot comprehend it. During the shooting, one officer came on the air and announced that you were down, and then stated that he couldn't get to you . . . really? . . why NOT? . . because there was shooting?. She was allowed to lie there . . and die from her wounds . . how disloyal, how cowardly. Nothing in the world, at that moment was more important, more pressing, more desperate, than getting to her, and moving her out of harm's way to begin attempts to stop bleeding, perform CPR, etc . . ANYTHING other than abandon, desert and ignore her. Don't they teach you basic officer down recovery drills . . another officer (s) provides intense cover fire, while you tactically and rapidly move to her. If you're alone . . then you move and shoot. You're saying in effect it's "too dangerous." "Too dangerous" you say? Are you SERIOUS ?! Duty was calling . . duty was begging . . but you elected NOT to respond . . because it was too dangerous . . . ya, you may have been shot . . but that can happen in what we do . . but you have to have a tactical and winning mind set. Shootings? . . ambushed? I'm all too familiar . . Duty was calling. and Suzanne, who was waiting for someone to respond, was let down . . and died . . there's NOTHING too dangerous for us to negate assisting a downed officer . . if you're down, I'm coming for you, and you can count on it!

Jim Crotty, Special Agent, ATF (RET)
Former Richmond, VA Policeman
August 2, 2014


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