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No new information in Washington County officer-involved shooting

BELPRE — No new details were released Friday in the fatal shooting of a suspect by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy following an early morning pursuit Thursday on Ohio 339.

The name of the deceased and the deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave per department policy, have not been released.

Washington County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mark Warden said additional information would come from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is handling the case because it involves a deputy.

BCI does not identify officers in officer-involved shootings “as they amount to uncharged suspects in our investigation,” said Steve Irwin, press secretary for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, under whose jurisdiction BCI operates.

The deputy attempted to pull over a maroon Honda in Barlow around 4:15 a.m., Warden said Thursday. The vehicle fled south on Ohio 339 before striking a northbound vehicle near Mill Branch Road in Belpre and going off the road. Warden said shots were fired “as a result of the officer’s contact with the suspect,” who was killed.

Ohio 339 between Belpre and Veto was closed for about 11 hours while BCI gathered evidence at the scene Thursday.

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