FINDLAY, Ohio — A suspect in the shooting of a State Highway Patrol trooper late Wednesday night was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Findlay.
Robert Tramaine Hathorn, 42, was caught around 1:30 p.m. after he was spotted on County Road 223 near Trenton Avenue in Findlay, according to the State Highway Patrol. A Blue Alert was issued early Thursday morning for Hathorn after trooper Josef Brobst was shot during a traffic stop on Interstate 75.
Hathorn’s vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban with Michigan plates, had been recovered behind a business near Findlay, authorities say. Findlay is located in Northwest Ohio.
A news release from the patrol says Brobst stopped the Suburban for speeding at about 11:05 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 75 in Hancock County. The patrol says Hathorn got into a struggle with Brobst involving the trooper’s handgun, resulting in Brobst suffering a gunshot wound. Hathorn drove off from the scene, authorities say.
Brobst was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. His wound reportedly is serious but not life-threatening.