Shooting suspect caught

Robert Hathorn (left with hands behind back) is led away by authorities Thursday after being captured. He is suspected of shooting an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper late Wednesday.

FINDLAY – A trooper from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 75 Wednesday which ended with a trooper shot and injured, and the suspect at large.

At approximately 11:05 p.m. a trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Chevrolet Black Suburban, with Michigan registration, after a speed violation on Interstate 75 near mile post 160 in Hancock County. During the traffic stop, the driver identified as Robert Tramaine Hathorn, a struggle ensued involving the trooper’s service weapon that resulted in the trooper sustaining a gunshot wound. Hathorn then fled the scene.

The trooper was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital with initial reports of non-life threatening injuries.

The trooper’s service weapon is in the possession of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Trooper Josef M. Brobst of the Findlay Post has serious, yet non-life threatening injuries.

The suspects’ vehicle was recovered behind a business on County Road 140 near Township Road 89.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., the suspect was captured on County Road 223 near Trenton Ave. in Findlay.

After a sighting of the suspect, a law enforcement search team converged on the location above and captured the suspect, who was positively identified.

(Information courtesy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.)

I started at the Northwest Signal in 1994 and became editor in 2004. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1994.

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