Monday, November 2, 2009

Wildlife officers' cruiser shot (Close Call)

State Wildlife officer assigned to Champaign County Jeffrey Tipton, and Adam Smith, State Wildlife Officer officer assigned to Logan County, had a too close call Oct. 30.

The two state wildlife officers were sitting in their cruiser that was parked in a field while on surveillance duty looking for night-time poachers.

Another vehicle with three Champaign County men pulled into the field and directed the headlights toward the cruiser.

One shot was fired, hitting the cruiser in the windshield and piercing the glass.

The officers turned on the cruiser's emergency lights and the suspects fled.

The officers pursued the suspects for 4 1/2 miles, apprehending the suspects with the assistance of the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Champaign County Sheriff Office.

Jim Lehman, the Ohio Division of Wildlife's chief law enforcement officer, said the matter is under investigation that is jointly being conducted by the agency as well as the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Charges could be filed as early as Tuesday or possibly by Wednesday, Lehman said.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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