Authorities searching for men who shot at cruiser

By Frank Lewis

August 19, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Law enforcement officers in the area are looking for two men, one of which fired on a Highland County deputy around 3 a.m. Monday.

Pike County Sheriff Richard N. Henderson said Highland County Deputy Thomas Putnam observed a vehicle with no visible license tags and a broken tail light lens, and when Putnam initiated a traffic stop on Ohio 41 in Highland County, the vehicle traveled across the county line and into Pike County before stopping.

Once stopped, Putnam was in the process of radioing Highland County dispatch when the driver of the vehicle exited his vehicle and began to approach the deputy. Putnam advised the driver to get back into his vehicle. Putnam said the man turned and looked at the passenger compartment of the vehicle and the passenger exited the vehicle as well and raised a long gun and fired at the cruiser. Putnam said shotgun pellets struck his cruiser. The two then got back into their vehicle and sped away.

Putnam said he pursued the suspects into Pike County and onto Fairview Road where the suspects stopped abruptly in the roadway. Putnam advised he exited his vehicle with his issued 12-gauge shotgun and observed the suspects vehicle backup lights come on. He said he then fired three shots striking the rear of the vehicle.

The suspects then fled once more. They were pursued from Fairview Road to Poplar Grove Road in Adams County where Putnam said his cruiser began to fail. He then lost sight of the suspects.

Putnam said the vehicle is a late 1990s to early 2000s model Dodge Stratus four-door grey/green in color with the left side tail light lens missing. The driver is described as being a white male in his late 20s and about six feet two inches tall, with a slender build, glasses and a goatee. The passenger is a white male in his 40s, approximately five feet eight inches tall, with a stocky build, short balding light-colored hair, and thin facial hair.

Henderson said anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the suspects or their vehicle should contact their local law enforcement agency or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.