NEWCOMERSTOWN, OH (WCMH/AP) – A statewide manhunt remains underway for two men wanted in the shooting of a police officer in eastern Ohio.
The officer who was shot was identified as Newcomerstown Police Officer Bryan Eubanks. He tells NBC4’s Elyse Chengery that he’s been a police officer for 15 years.
Officer Eubanks says he had pulled over a black Geo Tracker because it didn’t have front or black license plates. As he approached the SUV, he then heard the two gunshots.
“I did not even make it to the driver himself, he was sitting there both hands on the wheel facing forward I just got to the door jam of his vehicle before I was shot,” Eubanks said.
The passenger shot him by reaching behind the drivers seat. No words were even spoken between the officer and the two males in the car.
The officer was taken to a hospital after being shot in the chest and arm. He was wearing a ballistic vest at the time.
Officer Eubanks said he saw a mobile meth lab in the back seat. He also saw a shotgun laying on the back floor.
He believes God was looking out for him because he moved at the right time.
“I think he was shooting to kill me because the gun was originally pointed at my face and I moved and that’s how I got shot in the arm but yeah he was trying to kill me,” said Eubanks.
The officer ran to his car called for backup, then a pursuit began. The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshalls were called in as they headed to a home on 15th street. However, no suspects were there and the scene was cleared.
Police then sent out an alert for a 28-year-old man, including a photo naming him as one of the possible suspects. That man later turned himself in and was later cleared of any crime.
As of Tuesday evening, both suspects are still at large and are considered armed and dangerous. Both suspects are white males.
The suspect seen in the passenger seat has tattoos down the side of his neck. Police described the tattoos as flames or a cursive signature name on his neck.
The driver was brown haired male with a red hoodie.
Both suspects are probably in their late 20’s early 30’s. They were seen driving a black Geo Tracker with no front or back license plates, dark tinted windows and black wheels. If you see this car, do not approach the vehicle. Instead, call 911 immediately.
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