Image: Patrolman Jeremy Blum wounded in shootout
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German Township Patrolman Jeremy Blum is wounded in a police shootout with a gunman at Enon Beach trailer park near Enon, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. 1. Blum was shot in the arm and shoulder, and taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he is in stable condition, authorties say.
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updated 1/3/2011 9:01:49 AM ET 2011-01-03T14:01:49

Authorities identified a man suspected of killing a sheriff's deputy and injuring a police officer in a gun battle at a western Ohio trailer park.

The Clark County sheriff's office said 57-year-old shooting suspect Michael Ferryman also was killed during the New Year's Day standoff in the Enon Beach mobile-home park, about 50 miles west of Columbus.

The sheriff's office provided few details about Ferryman on Sunday. A chief deputy says agents from the state crime lab are looking into Ferryman's background.

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Deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot dead while investigating a report of gunfire at the trailer park. The shooting suspect then died after a gun battle with police.

Sheriff Gene Kelly says "many, many, many" shots were exchanged. Authorities say they haven't determined whether police gunfire killed Ferryman or he killed himself.

German Township officer Jeremy Blum was wounded in the exchange. He was hospitalized in fair condition, a hospital supervisor said.

Enon Beach acts as a seasonal campground with some summer-only residents and others who live there year-round.

A girl who lives in the trailer park said she knew Ferryman and he had a temper.

"He was a quiet person, but if you made him mad -- he wasn't very pleasant," 15-year-old Chelsea Bagley said.

Her mother's boyfriend, John Burkhardt, said he heard the shots fired in the neighborhood. Police then arrived, Burkhardt said, and for several minutes authorities asked Ferryman over a loud speaker to come out and surrender.

"They give him 25 chances to walk out of there," Burkhardt said. "They were begging him to come out, but he wouldn't come out."

Shortly after, Burkhardt said, authorities opened fire on the Ferryman's trailer.

"All hell broke loose," he said.

Image: Deputy Suzanne Hopper
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Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Suzanne Hopper, a 12-year veteran of her agency and a former officer of the year, frequently won commendations for her work.

Police threw smoke grenades before storming the trailer and finding Ferryman, Kelly said.

Hopper, 40, was known for her dedication to the job and adherence to keeping herself safe, Kelly said. The 12-year veteran and former officer of the year was wearing a protective vest Saturday but it didn't shield her from the gunfire that killed her, he said.

"If she would have known there was a suspect in that trailer she'd have never walked that way without additional units and without taking cover," Kelly said.

Hopper once went six straight years without calling in sick and often put on charity events for the Special Olympics and other causes, Kelly said.

"Her personnel file is filled with accolades and commendations and always service before self," he said.

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