MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper shot a suspect who attacked him during a chase in Middletown Thursday night, state patrol officials said.
The suspect, Devon Marion, 22, of Middletown, was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, underwent surgery and is stable, said Lt. Craig Cvetan, a patrol spokesman.
Trooper Michael Williams was transported by ground to UC Health West Chester Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released, patrol officials said. He has been with the Ohio State Highway Patrol five years.
The incident began at 10:28 p.m. when the trooper, who is from the Hamilton post, tried to stop a car from speeding near Lafayette Avenue and Baltimore Street, Cvetan said.
The vehicle took off, leading the trooper on a short pursuit that he cut off when speeds ran high and the suspect’s vehicle nearly crashed, he said.
The trooper turned off the flashing lights and siren on his cruiser but continued to follow the suspect, who slowed down, according to Cvetan.
The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle again. The driver stopped on Lafayette Avenue near Trine Street, due to disabling vehicle damage and fled on foot, a news release from the patrol states.
As the trooper gave chase, a Taser was deployed in an attempt to apprehend the fleeing suspect.
“The suspect then engaged and attempted to assault the trooper. During the incident, the suspect was shot twice, once in the abdomen and once in the armpit by the trooper, as he attempted to stop the assault,” the release reads.
"The trooper immediately began providing first aid to the suspect and requested Emergency Medical Services. Additional troopers arriving on scene continued to provide first aid until emergency medical services arrived.
The area of Lafayette Avenue and Trine Street has reopened after being closed while investigators gathered information and evidence. The incident remains under investigation.
A male passenger in the suspect’s vehicle stayed inside during the confrontation and is cooperating with authorities, Cvetan said.
That man was taken to the hospital for an unrelated medical condition.