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Suspect arrested in shooting of Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper

Robert Hathorne/OSHP Trooper Josef Brobst
Robert Hathorne/OSHP Trooper Josef Brobst(WTVG)
Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 3:55 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 3:12 PM EDT
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FINDLAY, Ohio (WOIO) - The 42-year-old man wanted for shooting an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper late Wednesday was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

Robert Hathorn was arrested on County Road 223 near Trenton Avenue in Findlay.
Robert Hathorn was arrested on County Road 223 near Trenton Avenue in Findlay.((Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol))

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said Robert Tramaine Hathorn was arrested around 1:30 p.m. on County Road 223 near Trenton Avenue in Findlay.

Robert Tremaine Hathorn was arrested after an hours long search following the shooting of an...
Robert Tremaine Hathorn was arrested after an hours long search following the shooting of an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.(WTVG)

According to a news release, Trooper Josef Brobst of the Findlay Post pulled over Hathorn on I-75 in Hancock County around 11:05 p.m. Wednesday for speeding.

Authorities said there was a struggle and Trooper Brobst was shot with his service weapon.

Hathorn then drove away from the scene.

Authorities added Hathorn did not take the trooper’s service weapon with him.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Josef M. Brobst was shot Wednesday night amid a struggle with...
Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Josef M. Brobst was shot Wednesday night amid a struggle with a suspect. His injuries are non-life threatening, police said.(Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Trooper Brobst was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where officials said he is being treated for “serious, yet non-life threatening” injuries.

Hathorn’s vehicle, a black Chevy Suburban, was recovered around 8 a.m. behind a business on County Road 140 in Liberty Township, Hancock County.

Troopers said Hathorn is facing multiple charges.

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