Authorities: Driver shoots deputy, dies amid police gunfire
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff’s office says a deputy who tried to make a traffic stop was shot in the lower abdomen by a driver who was then killed amid gunfire from other officers responding to the scene.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus says the wounded deputy, Jacob Heaberlin, underwent surgery after the Saturday evening shooting and was recovering Monday at a hospital.
Authorities say Heaberlin tried to stop an erratic driver in a pickup truck, and when the truck crashed near a gas station, the driver fired a handgun at the approaching deputy.
Investigators identified the slain driver as 55-year-old Darrell Bruffy, of Orient, who was also wanted for violating a protection order.
No one else was hurt. The shooting remains under investigation.