Reward offered for shooting suspects

August 20, 2013

Bob Strickley

PDT Content Manager

HIGHLAND COUNTY — Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of two men who shot at a Highland County Sheriff’s deputy around 3 a.m. Monday morning.

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 into Pike County before finally coming to a stop.

Once stopped, the driver of the vehicle exited and began to approach the deputy. Putnam advised the driver to get back in his vehicle and reportedly the man turned to look at the passenger of his vehicle, who exited, raised a gun and fired on Putnam’s cruiser.

The two then entered their vehicle and led Putnam on a chase before coming to an abrupt stop. Putnam said he exited his cruise and fired three shots on the suspects vehicle from his 12-gauge shotgun. Multiple reports have said the suspect’s vehicle reversed into the cruiser, causing heavy damage. The vehicle then sped off once again.

Putnam said he continued to pursue the suspects until his cruiser failed from damage it had sustained.

The suspect’s vehicle was a gray, late 90s Dodge Stratus with a broken tail light assembly on the left side. The vehicle has read-end damage that could include bullet holes.

Authorities are looking for information on the driver, who was described as a white male in his late 20s and approximately 6-foot-2 inches tall, and the passenger who was a described as a white male in his early 40s, approximately 5-foot-8 inches tall and of stocky build.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Highland County Sheriff at 937-393-2212.

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