Police search for 2 suspects in Newcomerstown police shooting

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Newcomerstown police continue to search for two men they say shot Officer Bryan J. Eubanks during a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

Eubanks pulled over a black Geo Tracker around 10:15 a.m. While approaching the vehicle, a white male passenger opened fire on Eubanks, shooting him once in the arm, according to police.

"It happened really quick. I wasn't even to the actual driver yet I was just at the door jam and I looked and there was the weapon and I went to turn he was actually aiming the gun towards my face, when I turned the gun shot and he shot me in the arm. I ducked down to take cover and head back to my cruiser and that's when he shot the second round and they took off," said Eubanks. "He attempted to shoot me again -- the second shot he did not hit me, just the first shot in my arm and then we had a chase which I initiated, and then because of my injury I had to stop the chase and go to the ambulance."

Eubanks sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. He was treated at the hospital and released.

"Emotionally I was a little shook up because I have three children, my wife -- that weighed a lot on me when that first happened," said Eubanks.

He said Tuesday's shooting has not made him think twice about what he does, or getting back out on the road.

"It's what I do. This is my job. This is what I love to do. I'm ready to go back when they'll have me," said Eubanks. "That's what we do, that's what we're here for, that's our oath."

Both occupants in the vehicle fled the scene of the traffic stop. Police said the passenger was a white man wearing a lime green shirt on with some type of vest on. The driver was described as a white man wearing a red shirt.

The vehicle is a black Geo Tracker with a hard shell on the back, tinted windows, black rims, wide tires and no license plates.

Both suspects are still at large and are considered armed and dangerous. Officers and deputies from multiple county sheriff’s departments, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and neighboring departments are all aiding in the search for the vehicle. 

Eubanks had a message for the offenders.

"We're coming. All of us. It's a brotherhood and a sisterhood and we're all coming," said Eubanks.

Call or dial 911 if you see the other suspect or the vehicle. You can also call 1-877-262-3764.

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