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NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Authorities continue to pursue potential leads in the hunt for two men wanted in connection with a shooting incident just outside Newcomerstown late Tuesday morning that injured a village police officer.
Patrolman Bryan J. Eubanks, 37, was treated at Southeastern Med in Cambridge for a gunshot wound suffered to his right forearm, according to Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland.
The male suspects fled in a black Geo Tracker that reportedly had blacked-out windows, a hard shell on the back and black rims with wide tires.
A Newcomerstown police dispatcher confirmed Friday morning that no arrests have been made in the case.
Early Thursday morning, Guernsey County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Hopewell Road (Route 658) north of Cambridge to investigate a possible sighting of the getaway vehicle.
A caller at 1:48 a.m. reported a black Geo Tracker had just left her property southbound on Hopewell Road.
A responding deputy reported locating fresh tire tracks at the location where the Tracker left the property, but was unable to locate the vehicle or confirm if it was the getaway vehicle.
No arrests had been made in the case as of press time Friday. Authorities have yet to release the names of any suspects.
A previous report that an individual witnessed the shooting was false. The dash camera in the cruiser used by Eubanks was not operational at the time of the shooting and Newcomerstown officers are not equipped with body cameras. A license plate identification camera is reportedly being processed to see if the license plate of a passing motorist can be identified to locate potential witnesses.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Newcomerstown Police Department at 740-498-6161.
According to reports, Eubanks was shot once by the passenger in the Tracker when he stopped the vehicle at 10:08 a.m. on the South River Street bridge spanning the Tuscarawas River. The passenger reportedly fired two shots with one striking Eubanks in the forearm.
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.
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.
The officer reported seeing possible components of a mobile meth lab inside the vehicle.
Holland said a person of interest -- a 28-year-old former village resident -- was questioned and later released. He is not considered a suspect.
Authorities checked for the suspects at several locations in the Coshocton County, southern Tuscarawas County and northern Guernsey County immediately following the shooting.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and other local law enforcement agencies are assisting with the investigation.