Suspects in Newcomerstown police shooting remain on the loose

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Newcomerstown police say the two suspects that are believed to be connected to Tuesday's shooting that injured a police officer remain on the loose.

Authorities say on Tuesday morning, Newcomerstown Police Officer Bryan Eubanks was investigating a a vehicle was no visible license plates as a possible mobile methamphetamine lab. Officer Eubanks approached the vehicle. The driver then opened fire, striking the officer in the arm.

"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.

Officer Eubanks was taken to an area hospital, treated, and released later Tuesday afternoon.

Police took a man into custody who was initially believed to be a suspect, but he was later released after being incorrectly identified.

Authorities are still searching for two male suspects that are believed to be armed with handguns and a shotgun. They fled from the shooting in a black Geo Tracker with tinted windows.

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