In a late-night incident on Sunday, November 12, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol regarding a pursuit on Fort Laurens Road. The chase, involving OSP Troopers and Deputies, took several twists and turns as law enforcement authorities worked to apprehend the suspect.
As the pursuit reached the Intersection of Schneiders Crossing Road and Blacksnake Hill Road, Deputies made an attempt to halt the fleeing vehicle by deploying stop sticks at the intersection. However, according to Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell, the suspect vehicle swerved towards two Deputies when the stop sticks were deployed. In response, one Deputy, perceiving a threat to his life, discharged his firearm at the vehicle.
The pursuit continued until reaching the intersection of SR 212 and Dover-Zoar Rd, coming to a halt on the Zoar Levee when the driver finally pulled over. It was later revealed that the female passenger of the suspect vehicle sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her lower leg. She received medical treatment at a Canton Hospital.
Authorities identified the driver as 43-year-old Carl Brown from Gnadenhutten. Brown was apprehended and arrested for an outstanding warrant from the Southern District Court. He is currently incarcerated at the Tuscarawas County Jail. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is expected to pursue additional charges related to the pursuit.
In response to the incident, a request was made for the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting and to determine its lawfulness.
Further details and updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.