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NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The Newcomerstown Police Department said there is no new information as of Wednesday morning as authorities continued to search for two suspects involved in a shooting incident Tuesday that injured a Newcomerstown police officer.
Patrolman Jason J. Eubanks, 37, was taken to Southeastern Med in Cambridge for treatment of a wound to his right forearm, according to Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland. The chief said the single bullet that went through Eubanks' arm caused a clean wound without serious damage.
"That's a relief," said Holland of the 14-year veteran's wound.
Eubanks was treated in the emergency department at Southeastern Med and later released. Initial reports that he was struck in the chest were incorrect.
Authorities have yet to release the names of the male suspects.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office reported that one suspect was wearing a vest, and that the men were armed with a shotgun and handguns.
Authorities consider both suspects to be armed and dangerous and caution people not to approach them. They were last seen traveling in a black Geo Tracker.
According to reports, Ptl. Eubanks stopped the black Geo Tracker at approximately 10:08 a.m. on the South River Street bridge spanning the Tuscarawas River. The stop was conducted because no license plates were visible on the Tracker.
"Upon approaching the vehicle, a white male passenger opened fire on the officer, shooting at him twice, striking him once in the arm," Holland said. "The officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery."
Eubanks was transported to the hospital by Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Service, Inc.
The Geo Tracker reportedly had blacked-out windows, a hard shell on the back, black rims and wide tires. Both suspects fled in the Tracker.
The alleged shooter was reportedly wearing a lime green shirt while the driver was described as a white male wearing a red shirt. One of the suspects was described as a skinny, white male with tattoos on his face, although it was not known if that male was the driver or passenger.
Police are working on a list of Geo Trackers in the area to look for matches with the suspect vehicle.
Holland said a person of interest, a 28-year-old former Newcomerstown man, was questioned, released and is not considered a suspect.
In a press release, Holland advised the public not to try to apprehend the suspects themselves, but to contact local law enforcement.
"We have numerous agencies assisting us with this on-going investigation (including) Tuscarawas County Sheriff Office, Coshocton County Sheriff Office, Guernsey County Sheriff Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol," the chief said.
"We've been looking all over because we're not sure of where or what. At this point in time, we're still in a search for a Geo Tracker. There are still two suspects out there somewhere."
Authorities checked for the suspects at several locations in the Coshocton County, southern Tuscarawas County and northern Guernsey County areas Tuesday.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is assisting with the investigation. BCII agents used a three-dimensional scanner to take 360-degree photos of the crime scene.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Newcomerstown Police Department at 740-498-6161.
(Jon Baker, Nancy Molnar and the Daily Jeffersonian contributed to this report).