Suspect arrested in shooting of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper

FINDLAY, Ohio (ADAMS) – Authorities have arrested a suspect in the Wednesday night shooting of an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.

The State Attorney General’s Office says that Trooper Josef Brobst was performing a traffic stop on Interstate 75 South near Findlay when he became involved in a struggle with suspect Robert Hathorn.

Brobst was shot with his own weapon. Hathorn was arrested Thursday afternoon near a Findlay Walmart. Investigators say that Trooper Brobst suffered serious injures in the shooting but is expected to survive.

The following was issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol:

A trooper from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 75 which ended with a trooper shot and injured and the suspect at large.

On October 6 at approximately 11:05 p.m. a trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Chevrolet Black Suburban, with Michigan registration, after a speed violation on Interstate 75 near mile post 160 in Hancock County. During the traffic stop, the driver identified as Robert Tramaine Hathorn, a struggle ensued involving the trooper’s service weapon that resulted in the trooper sustaining a gunshot wound. Hathorn then fled the scene.

The trooper was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital with initial reports of non-life threatening injuries.

The trooper’s service weapon is in the possession of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, the suspect was captured on County Road 223 near Trenton Ave. in Findlay.

After a sighting of the suspect, a law enforcement search team converged on the location above and captured the suspect, who was positively identified.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol would like to thank the citizens of Ohio for tips received during the search, as well as thank the United States Marshals Service, United States Secret Service, Findlay Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Police Department, Fostoria Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, United States Border Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their help in the search.