Police are hunting for a man suspected of firing at officers during a pursuit Sunday after a deadly shooting in Steuben County, Sheriff Tim Troyer said.
More than 100 officers from multiple agencies in Indiana and Ohio were searching for Zao Garth Burrell, 25, with the help of a helicopter, two airplanes and 10 to 12 police dogs, Troyer said.
The chain of events started shortly before 4 a.m. when a man with a gunshot wound was brought to Angola's Cameron Hospital in a private vehicle, Troyer said.
That man, Brent Anthony Donbroski, 40, died. A sheriff's deputy happened to be there for another reason and began gathering information about the shooting, Troyer said.
The investigation led deputies to a mobile home in the 2900 block of County Road E. 300 N., where Donbroski was shot. Troyer said investigators are still trying to determine who killed Donbroski.
While deputies were at the home, a white sedan passed by. Inside were Burrell, his father and another man. Suspicious, the deputies tried to stop the car, the sheriff said.
The car did not stop, and during a pursuit, Burrell fired shots at police. "I had one patrol vehicle that was struck," Troyer said.
The fleeing car went east into Ohio until it stopped just north of Columbia in the northwest corner of the state. Burrell got out of the car, fired shots at police and ran into a wooded area. No one was injured, Troyer said.
The two other men in the car were jailed in Ohio with charges pending, the sheriff said.
Authorities started searching for Burrell. Heavy undergrowth in the area hindered their efforts, the sheriff said.
On Monday, teams were still looking for Burrell, a convicted felon from Angola who is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities believe he has a handgun. "There's evidence to support that he not only is armed, but he's not afraid to use it," the sheriff said.
He is described as 5-foot-9, 185 pounds and white. He has blue eyes, close-cropped brownish blond hair, a short goatee and "MOB" tattooed on the side of his neck.
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