Posted by Trina Edwards - email
BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Brown County man is behind bars, accused of trying to run down a sheriff's deputy.
It happened around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when a deputy observed a suspect driving a white Jeep erratically on Foster Road near Decatur.
Shortly after, another deputy observed a vehicle fitting the description of the suspect vehicle and stopped the Jeep on Ashridge-Winchester Road near McNoun Road.
As the deputy approached the vehicle, the suspect tried to run him over. The deputy then fired shots towards the Jeep and followed with a pursuit.
Further investigation revealed the Jeep had been reported stolen over the weekend from the Mount Orab area. A deputy located the vehicle where it had been abandoned behind a trailer on Purdy Road near Sardinia.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit was called to the scene to track the suspect, who had fled on foot. A search perimeter was set up by the Sheriff's Office and at approximately noon, a Deputy located the suspect coming out of a wooded area on Fite Hauck Road near Sardinia.
The suspect has been identified as Kenneth Shaffer, 37, of Decatur. He was taken into custody on felony charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Aggravated Vehicular Assault. He remains in custody at the Brown County Adult Detention Center awaiting arraignment on the charges.
The deputy sustained a minor injury to his arm and was treated and released from Brown County General Hospital.