OSP Findlay Post Trooper Shot During Traffic Stop; Suspect Still at Large

Posted on October 7, 2021

A trooper from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was shot after conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 75 late Wednesday night in Hancock County.

According to a release, Trooper Josef M. Brobst made a traffic stop on a 2016 Chevrolet Black Suburban, with Michigan registration, after a speed violation on I-75 near Findlay. 

A struggle over the trooper’s service weapon ensued with the driver, who has been identified as Robert Tramaine Hathorn, and the trooper sustained a gunshot wound.

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

After the shooting, Hathorn fled the scene and is still at large.

He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

His vehicle was recovered behind a business on County Road 140 near Township Road 89. 

Hathorne is described as a 42 year old black male with brown eyes. He is 5 feet ten inches tall and weighs 225 pounds.

The Patrol is asking for assistance. 

If anyone has information of Hathorn’s whereabouts, contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol Findlay Post at (419) 423-1414. 

This incident remains under investigation. 

Troopers are being assisted by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Findlay Police Department.

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