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Deputy Shot at After Traffic Stop

A deputy was shot at after pulling over a car for not having visible license tags and a broken tail light.

According to authorities, Highland County Deputy Thomas Putnam had accidently driven into Pike County on State Route 41 Monday morning around 3:00a.m. Deputy Putnam apparently crossed over the county line due to heavy fog in the area. That is where he had pulled over the car with two men inside.

At some point during the stop, the passenger got out and started shooting at the deputy. The shots struck the cruiser Putnam was driving. The gunman got back into the car and the vehicle took off.

Putnam called in the situation to dispatch and started chasing after the vehicle.

The case ended up on Fairview Road. That is where the suspect vehicle suddenly stopped in the middle of the road.  According to the Sheriffs Department, Putnam got out of his car and noticed that the suspects were trying to back up. That is when he fired 3 shots from his shotgun into the back of the car.

After being shot at the suspects took off again. After a short chase they got away in Adams County because Putnams cruiser stopped working.

Deputy Putnam was not injured.

The car the suspects were driving is being described as a late 90s or early 2000s Dodge Stratus four door grey or green in color with the left tail light lens missing.

The driver of the car is being described as a white man in his 20s. He is about 62 tall with a slender build. He has a goatee beard and glasses.

The passenger is described as a white man in his 40's. He is approximately 58 tall stocky build with short balding light colored hair, and thin facial hair.

If you have any information that can help locate these men you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.




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