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Identity of Clark County Deputy's killer released, questions remain (video)

Michael Ferryman, 57, has been identified as the man that killed Deputy Suzanne Hopper (above).
Michael Ferryman, 57, has been identified as the man that killed Deputy Suzanne Hopper (above).

The Clark County Sheriff's Office released the name of the man that killed Deputy Suzanne Hopper in a shootout, New Year's Day.

The Sheriff's Officer provided few details about shooting suspect Michael Ferryman, who also was killed during Saturday's standoff in the Enon Beach mobile-home park, near Dayton, Ohio. Ferryman, 57, lived in the trailer where the gunfire broke out with police, Chief Deputy David Rapp said.

The standoff started after Deputy Hopper was called to the trailer park to investigate a report of gunshots, authorities say. Hopper, who was married last year and had two children, was shot dead as she tried to photograph a footprint at the park, about 50 miles west of Columbus.

While the investigation continues, a few details have made Saturday's nightmarish scene a bit clearer. Sheriff Gene Kelly told reporters at a Sunday news conference that Hopper and the officer who accompanied her to the trailer park believed the shooter was no longer in the area when they began their investigation. Then, Kelly said, Ferryman's trailer door opened near Hopper.

"One shotgun blast was fired at a very close proximity, striking the deputy, and it was a fatal wound," he said.

Kelly has said responding police officers tried to talk to Ferryman -- who had "a history" with the sheriff's office -- when he fired on them from inside the trailer. A German Township officer was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, in which "many, many, many" shots were fired by the suspect and eight officers, Kelly said.

The wounded officer, Jeremy Blum, was listed in fair condition Sunday at a Dayton hospital.

Authorities had yet to determine whether police gunfire killed Ferryman or he killed himself. Agents from the state crime lab are helping with the investigation into Hopper and Ferryman's deaths and are looking into Ferryman's background, Kelly said.

The shocking scene was captured on video by Dayton News WDTN 2 and reposted here, Saturday. The video shows the intense shootout between police and Ferryman while Deputy Hopper's body lays in front of Ferryman's trailer, unmoving. (See video on left).

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