Newcomerstown, Ohio - A Newcomerstown police officer was shot twice on a traffic stop Tuesday morning and the suspects, including Chaz Gillian, have escaped.
UPDATE: Chaz Gillian was taken into custody and then ruled out as a suspect.
The officer was investigating a suspected mobile meth lab just after 10 AM. The unidentified officer stopped the vehicle at Johnson Hill Rd & Post Boy Road, according to Cassie Nist. While on the traffic stop, the officer came under fire from suspects inside of a blacked-out Geo Tracker. The suspects then fled in the vehicle.
The officer was shot once in the arm and once in the chest. The officer's ballistic vest was able to absorb the shot to his chest, and he drove himself to get medical aid. No other information about the officer's condition has been released at this time.
Law enforcement from Guernsey, Coshocton, and Tuscarawas counties are on the lookout for the suspects.
The suspects have been described as two white mates wearing a red sweatshirt and a lime green sweatshirt. The suspect vehicle is a black Geo Tracker with blacked out windows.
One of the suspects is believed to be Chaz Gillian (pictured above,) who has distinctive facial tattoos.
Please let everybody know to keep an out out for these two low-lifes who tried to murder a police officer. They should both be considered armed and dangerous. Anybody with information about the other suspect's identity or information on their location should call police immediately.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer and the other officers hunting these would-be killers.
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