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Suspect opens fire on Indiana police, flees into Williams Co.

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An Indiana man wanted in connection to a murder is on the loose. When sheriff's deputies attempted to arrest three suspects, they opened fire and fled into Ohio. Deputies tracked them down in Williams County. They arrested two men, but the third, Zao Garth Burrell, got away.

A number of agencies spent the day in Williams County searching for Burrell. Deputies tell us they ended the search Sunday evening and still don't know where he is.

Steven Stamper lives in Williams County. "This is definitely not our typical Sunday," he says.

The manhunt in Williams County is the talk of the town and is keeping residents inside.

Stamper says, "First we got a call from neighbors, they shut the church down. They locked the church up for fear of him with a gun. So the neighbors created a community chain of calling each other and saying this is what's going on."

It all started in Steuben County, Indiana around 4:00 A.M. Sunday.

Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer says, "Person was brought to Cameron Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest, and it just so happened one of the Steuben County Sheriff Deputies was at the hospital on an unrelated matter and was able to make contact with the people who brought the individual in that was shot."

Deputies say the victim, 40-year-old Brent Dombrowski, later died at the hospital. Witness information led deputies to a home where they believe the shooting happened. When they tried to stop a vehicle to question the people inside it, the pursuit began.

Sheriff Troyer says, "Also fired upon by one of the suspects in the vehicle. There were three people in the vehicle and they ultimately wound up in Ohio."

Deputies arrested two of the suspects. The third suspect, 25-year-old Zao Burrell, fled on foot.

None of the officers were injured.   

Kevin Williams lives in Williams County. He says, "I knew something was going on when I heard sirens and things. I heard cars going around the corner at a high rate of speed, gravel and then I heard gunshots."

A number of agencies set up a two-mile perimeter in Williams County to search for Burrell, a man they believe is armed and dangerous. Deputies say Burrell has a criminal history in Indiana.

Sheriff Kevin Beck in Williams County says, "All we ask residents, if they do see anyone out of the ordinary give us a call right away. Call 911 so can respond in our county and assist. We all want to bring this to a conclusion."

A homicide in one state, a manhunt in another, leaving law enforcement and residents on high alert Sunday night.

Stamper says, "When I go home today I'll check my barns, check the house, double check everything just to make sure he is not around."

 

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