Springfield, OH – A decorated Clark County Deputy Sheriff is dead and a German Township Officer wounded in a New Years Day stand-off in a Springfield camp ground.
Deputies responded to a gunfire call about 11:45 a.m., Saturday, at 2401 Enon Rd. in the Enon Beach campground, about 50 miles west of Columbus.
Deputy Suzanne Hopper and a Sergeant were investigating, believing the gunman to be gone. They spoke to several residents whose trailers were shot.
Deputy Hopper was collecting evidence, taking a photo of foot prints outside a trailer, when the trailer door was flung open and she was fatally shot with a shotgun. She had no warning and no time to react.
The coward that ambushed Deputy Hopper, later identified as Michael L Ferryman, then barricaded himself inside his trailer, refusing to come out.
Responding officers attempted to speak to Ferryman, to talk him out, but Ferryman fired at the officers.
A stand-off ensued in which gunfire was exchanged. German Township Police Officer Jeremy Blum was shot in the shoulder area in the fire fight. He was hospitalized and listed in fair condition as of Sunday, suffering from a collapsed lung.
Ferryman died and is no longer a danger to mankind.
Ferryman was involved in another stand-off, during which he fired on law enforcement, in 2001.
On Sept. 5, 2001, Ferryman and his girlfriend Maria Holsinger-Blessing were sharing a camper on AEP recreation grounds in Morgan County when they became upset with other campers who had taken firewood from a community pile. The Morgan County sheriff’s office responded to reports of shots being fired at other campers, according to Associated Press reports.
A 26 hour stand-off with Ferryman and Blessing followed, during which at least 16 shots were fired at Deputies. The couple were talked out of the camper and arrested.
Ferryman was determined to be incompetent to stand trial and was placed in a mental health facility for a year. He was later found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly advised that Ferryman had a history with his department. A check of court records shows multiple entries for various felonies for Michael Ferryman, but there are no middle initials or birth dates to determine whether it is this Ferryman or not. There are 2 Michael Ferryman’s in the records.
Deputy Hopper was a dedicated and decorated officer, formerly Officer of the Year. She is also mother of 2 children, Charlie (13) and Emily (19), and was recently married.
“It’s evident that she did more for people because she loved people, and I think that was why she picked the career she picked. She thought she could help people,” Hopper’s father, Charles Bauer, said about her.
Citizens that knew Hopper described her as a good person and a good officer. She was known to bring food and clothing to those in need that she met through her service.
Deputies escorted the hearse transporting Deputy Hopper’s body from the Clark County Coroner’s Office to Littleton & Rue Funeral Home Sunday.