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Knife yielding suspect that stabbed two, killed one, shot by Sandusky County sheriff’s deputy

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Vickery, Ohio — A deputy with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a shooting Tuesday.

At 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, the Cleveland Dispatch Center of the Ohio State Highway Patrol received calls about an assault occurring at the Erie Islands Service Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County.

UPDATED INFO & VIDEO: Witness video released after knife-wielding suspect shot by Sandusky County deputy

The initial reports were of a male suspect having stabbed at least two victims.

Deputies with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the Plaza.

At 5:25 p.m., a deputy arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect, who was openly yielding the knife, in the parking lot.

Multiple orders were given to the suspect to drop the knife, according to police. The suspect did not comply with orders and charged at the deputy.

Less lethal munitions were used, but were unsuccessful, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The deputy then shot the suspect.

UPDATED INFO & VIDEO: Witness video released after knife-wielding suspect shot by Sandusky County deputy

The suspect was taken into custody, rendered first aid and taken by Life Flight to an area hospital.

The preliminary investigation has revealed there were two stabbing victims, one of which died at the scene as a result of the attack. The second victim was taken by life flight to an area hospital for life-threatening injuries.

The homicide and assault are being investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The officer involved shooting of the armed suspect is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of  Criminal Investigations on behalf of the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office. Both incidents remain under investigation.

The suspect has been identified as 51-year-old Thomas C. Conner of Beloit, Wisconsin.

Charges are being reviewed by the Sandusky County Prosecutor’s Office.

The victim who died at the scene has been identified as 66-year-old David S. Diederich, of  La Porte, Indiana.

The victim who suffered life -threatening injuries has been identified as 53-year-old Alan L. Austin, of Delavan, Wisconsin. He has since been released from the hospital.

UPDATED INFO & VIDEO: Witness video released after knife-wielding suspect shot by Sandusky County deputy


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