Suspect in shooting of Ohio state trooper captured


FINDLAY, Ohio (WANE) — A suspect who police believe shot and injured an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on Wednesday night has been captured.

Just after 11 p.m., an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Josef M. Brobst conducted a traffic stop after a 2016 Chevrolet Black Suburban was caught speeding on I-75 in Hancock County.

During the traffic stop, the driver, Robert Tramaine Hathorn, got into a struggle with Brobst over Brobst’s service weapon. It resulted in Brobst suffering a gunshot wound. Hathorn then fled the scene.

Brobst was transported to an area hospital with initial reports of non-life threatening injuries. He has since been updated to serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Bropst’s weapon is currently in possession of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

As police investigated, Hathorn’s vehicle was recovered behind a business on County Road 140 near Township Road 89.

Around 3 p.m., the highway patrol said Hathorn was captured on C.R. 223 near Trenton Avenue in Findlay. He was reportedly spotted in the area and police converged on the location and took him into custody.

It’s not clear yet what charges Hathorn will face.

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