Man convicted in OSHP trooper shooting on I-75
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - A man accused of shooting at Ohio State Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop last year was found guilty on all charges Monday.
A Hancock County jury found Robert Hathorn guilty of shooting OSHP trooper Josef Brobst in a struggle during a traffic stop on Oct. 7, 2021.
He was found guilty on numerous charges including felonious assault, a first-degree felony, aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, two counts of having weapons while under disability, third-degree felonies, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
Hathorn, of Muskegon, Michigan, was pulled over for speeding on I-75 near milepost 160 in Hancock County on Oct. 7, 2021. Trooper Brobst reportedly smelled marijuana in the car and asked Hathorn to step out of his vehicle. That’s when a struggle ensued between the suspect and the trooper, and Brobst was shot with his own service weapon. Brobst was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since recovered.
The suspect then fled the scene, leading officials on an hours-long manhunt. He was arrested behind a barn on County Road 223.
You can watch OSHP Dash cam footage of the incident below.
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13abc crews were on the scene as law enforcement officials found Hathorn and took him into custody.
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