November 2, 2009
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Three Champaign County men, who allegedly
shot at a State Wildlife Officer’s cruiser, hitting the windshield
with two State Wildlife Officers inside, were taken into custody
on October 30 and released the following day.
Charges will be filed as soon as the investigation has concluded.
State Wildlife Officers Jeffery Tipton and Adam Smith were in the
cruiser parked in a field on surveillance looking for poachers.
The suspect’s vehicle pulled into the field and directed its
headlights at the cruiser. One shot was fired hitting the cruiser
in the front windshield. Officers turned on their emergency lights
and the suspects fled.
The Wildlife Officers pursued the suspects 4.5 miles from Johnson
Township to Concord Township. The three suspects were apprehended
with assistance from the Ohio Highway Patrol and Champaign County
The investigation is being jointly conducted with the ODNR
Division of Wildlife and the Ohio Highway Patrol.
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