STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – The driver of a car, which prompted officer-involved gunfire, has not been caught, according to Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy.
The incident began about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when officers on patrol were stopped by a woman in the Circle K parking lot on Maplewood Avenue who told them her car had just been stolen.
“We’ve had a few instances where vehicles have been stolen, and they’re being dropped off in certain areas,'” Roddy said.
Officers were able to track the car down to Midlothian Boulevard, near Interstate 680 where they initiated a traffic stop. At that point, the situation changed, dramatically.
“At some point, the vehicle ended going in reverse and dragging the officer a short distance,” Roddy said. “There were shots fired. We are looking to determine, with the assistance of BCI, where those shots came from.”
One of the officers was wearing a body camera at the time and the video from that is being reviewed.
The patrolman who was dragged suffered some scrapes and bruises but will be OK.
The driver of the stolen car managed to run off on foot.
“Two others in that car when it was stopped were taken into custody briefly for questioning but then released overnight,” Roddy said. “Police will be talking with the law director here to determine what, if any, charges should be filed.”
Right now, the two officers are on paid leave and are not being identified.