TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - Christopher James Hubbard is the suspect who led police on a chase in Warren County that ended in a shootout, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
Jones says Hubbard, 35, has a lengthy record including convictions in Butler County for burglary, receiving stolen property, theft, and attempted robbery.
Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit says they had information that Hubbard was in Middletown on Monday and that he was considered armed and dangerous.
Bucheit says officers were conducting surveillance to get Hubbard into custody safely when he got into a car and drove away.
They tried to stop him around 4:10 p.m. at Liberty-Fairfield Road.
Sheriff Jones says Hubbard then led authorities on a slow pursuit going 40 to 60 mph for about 22 minutes.
Several jurisdictions were involved including law enforcement from the cities of Middletown, Hamilton and Fairfield, along with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
According to Jones, law enforcement received information that Hubbard would “shoot it out with police” as the chase continued.
Stop sticks were eventually deployed and Hubbard’s vehicle came to a stop in the front yard of a home in the 2600 block of Mason Montgomery Road, Jones said.
The sheriff says bean bag bullets were used to pierce the vehicle’s windows to allow a K9 to get in, and that’s when the suspect opened fire.
Jones says both Hubbard and Officer Denny Jordan of the Middletown Police Department were hit several times.
Middletown Police Chief David Birk says Officer Jordan, a 21-year veteran of the department, was released from the hospital last night.
Birk says Jordan has a long road to recovery. He also thanked law enforcement and the public for their support.
Jordan’s K9 partner, Koda, was not hurt.
Hubbard is under guard while he’s being treated at the hospital for his injuries.
Chief Bucheit confirms that Hubbard is a person of interest in an ongoing homicide investigation in the city of Hamilton.
The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now handling the investigation.
The results of that investigation will be presented to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell for charges to be filed.