NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio — The search continues for a pair of suspects implicated in the shooting of a Newcomerstown Police officer on Tuesday morning.
One of the two male suspects reportedly opened fire on Officer Bryan Eubanks after he pulled them over on South River Street at around 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday. After wounding the officer, the pair reportedly fled the scene in a black Geo Tracker with blacked-out windows, a hard-shell top and wide tires on black rims.
The 37-year-old Eubanks was reportedly struck in the chest and arm. Eubanks’ bulletproof vest stopped one shot, while the other passed through the officer’s arm. He was treated for minor injuries and released hours after the incident.
Police Chief Gary Holland told media outlets on Wednesday that identification of the vehicle and its occupants has been difficult, as it was not captured on film. Holland said that Newcomerstown police officers are not equipped with body cameras and that the dash camera in Eubanks’ cruiser was not working at the time of the shooting.
While law enforcement officials in Guernsey, Tuscarawas, Coshocton and surrounding counties have followed up on a number of supposed sightings of the black Geo Tracker, none of the tips have led to the arrests of the suspects, whose identities reportedly remain unknown.
The suspects remain at-large and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the two men or their vehicle is asked to contact the Newcomerstown Police Department at 740.498.6161.