Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Michelle Hopper

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Michelle Hopper

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, January 1, 2011

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Suzanne Michelle Hopper

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.

The suspect's girlfriend was convicted of charges connected with providing the man the gun he used to killer Deputy Hopper. The girlfriend was sentenced to five years in prison.

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.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 12-69

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Clark County officials consider naming 9-1-1 center after deputy killed in the line of duty

Posted on Jan 23, 202
Springfield News Sun

The Board of Clark County Commissioners has begun discussions about naming the county’s new 9-1-1 communications center after a sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty in 2011.

Commissioner Richard Lohnes suggested to the board that the county consider naming the new center after Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Suzanne Hopper.

Hopper, 40, was shot and killed on Jan. 1, 2011. She was responding to a call about shots fired into a camper at the Enon Beach Campground when she was ambushed by Michael Ferryman.

Dozens of officers and deputies from surrounding jurisdictions responded to the officer down call and engaged in a shootout with Ferryman, who fired upon anyone attempting to help Hopper.

“I was elected in 2010 and my first day in office was Jan. 1, 2011,” Lohnes said. “That was my very first day and I’ve been thinking about it and I think we should name the Clark County 9-1-1 Communications Center the Deputy Suzanne Hopper Center.”

Lohnes said he discussed the name with “a couple other prominent community members and business owners,” Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett and Major Chris Clark, who will be one person in charge of running the center.

“I haven’t heard from anyone that it’s a bad idea,” Lohnes said.

The other commissioners agreed and the county will now look into options for making the naming possible.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea. It honors our first responders. It honors someone who gave their life in the line of duty and it’s really what quick dispatching is all about, making sure that we protect those who respond and those we are responding to. I think it’s a great connection,” Commissioner President Melanie Flax Wilt said.

The new $5 million 9-1-1 communications facility is currently being built on Home Road in the former Clark County Department of Job and Family Services Children’s Home. The current 3,800-square-foot facility will be repurposed as an office and training facility while a 3,300-square-foot addition will house all 9-1-1 dispatch operations.

The center will house dispatching services for all Clark County emergency management personnel excluding Green Twp.

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January 24, 2021

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