Man Suspected of Shooting Findlay OSP Trooper Captured

Posted on October 7, 2021

A man suspected of shooting a trooper from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol on Interstate 75 late Wednesday night in Hancock County has been captured.

According to a release, at around 1:30 this (Thursday) afternoon, 42 year old Robert Tramaine Hathorn was arrested on County Road 223 near Trenton Avenue in Findlay.

After a sighting of the suspect, a law enforcement search team converged on the location and captured the suspect, who was positively identified.

Hathorn was pulled over by Trooper Josef M. Probst, and a struggle over the trooper’s service weapon ensued resulting in the trooper being shot.

Trooper Brobst is being treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

Hathorn then fled the scene, and his car was recovered a short time later behind a business on County Road 140 near Township Road 89

The Ohio State Highway Patrol thanked the citizens of Ohio for tips received during the search.

They also expressed appreciation to United States Marshals Service, United States Secret Service, Findlay Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Police Department, Fostoria Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, United States Border Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their help in the search.

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