HAMERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who fled from police died after an officer fired his gun at him and the man plowed his SUV into a village administration building in southern Ohio, authorities said Wednesday.
Police said someone called in a report of a suspicious person in the village of Hamersville, which has about 550 residents, just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Few details had been released by Wednesday morning, but investigators said that when Hamersville officers responded, the man jumped into a vehicle and fled, dragging an officer. An officer fired, and the red sport utility vehicle slammed into the small building.
The man died later at a hospital. His name hadn’t been released. The officers were injured but were expected to be OK.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Brown County sheriff’s deputies and Hamersville police were still investigating. No other information was released immediately.
A resident said he heard gunshots.
“I came up through here and next thing you know, I saw this van going through the building, then I saw the cop running,” Mark Liming told WCPO-TV of Cincinnati.
Hamersville is nearly 40 miles southeast of Cincinnati in Appalachian Ohio.
“Something like this happens in this town, we’re all like ‘Wow!” We’re all a small community anyway,” Liming said.
A Brown County prosecutor’s investigator, Buddy Coburn, said the village had ended a mayor’s court session shortly before the shooting.
“They had just gotten done with mayor’s court not very long before that,” Coburn said. “It really hits close to me because my wife’s the mayor’s court clerk.”