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NEWCOMERSTOWN -- A suspect in custody in connection with the shooting of a Newcomerstown police officer earlier today has been released.
Chaz Gillian, identified as a suspect by law enforcement, was reported in custody shortly before 12:30 p.m. in connection with the shooting of Newcomerstown Police Officer Bryan Eubanks and was released early this afternoon.
Officer Eubanks was shot in the line of duty while apparently investigating a possible mobile meth lab at 10: a.m. Tuesday in the village. Newcomerstown Police said the shooting occurred during a traffic stop for no visible license plate on South River Street in Newcomerstown. Upon approaching the vehicle, a white male passenger opened fire, shooting him in the chest and arm. Officer Eubanks was wearing his vest at the time of the shooting and has subsequently been treated and released from Southeastern Med Regional Medical Center.
Authorities are searching for a black Geo Tracker with blacked-out windows and two male occupants with the driver reportedly wearing a red shirt.
Both suspects are still at large, according to the Newcomerstown Police Department, and considered armed and dangerous.
"Please do not try to apprehend; contact local law enforcement," said Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland. "We have numerous agencies assisting us with this on-going investigation (including) Tuscarwas County Sheriff's Office, Coshocton Couonty Sheriff's Office, Guernsey County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
"If any one has any information, please contact the Newcomerstown Police Department at 740-498-6161."