Wapakoneta, Ohio — An intense motor vehicle pursuit in Auglaize County escalated into an officer-involved shooting, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the helm of a complex investigation.
The events unfolded on Sunday at approximately 1:35 p.m., when troopers from the Findlay Post identified a Chrysler Pacifica traveling southbound on Interstate 75 in Hancock County. The vehicle was suspected of being operated by a murder suspect linked to a shooting incident in Chicago. Troopers initiated a traffic stop, but the Chrysler failed to comply, leading to a high-stakes pursuit.
The suspect vehicle maintained its southbound course on I-75, reaching dangerously high speeds. Despite officers deploying stop sticks multiple times, the Chrysler continued to elude capture. In a decisive maneuver, troopers intentionally made contact with the suspect vehicle on I-75, just south of U.S. Route 33 in Pusheta Township. The collision prompted the vehicle to come to a rest in the median, where it subsequently caught fire.
As events took an even more precarious turn, the driver emerged from the burning vehicle, brandishing a handgun. He began walking southbound in the southbound lanes of I-75, culminating in an officer-involved shooting.
The driver, identified as Danny E. Berry, 45, hailing from Chicago, sustained serious injuries during the encounter and was swiftly transported to a local hospital via ground ambulance.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol received support from several law enforcement agencies throughout the incident, including the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Wapakoneta Fire & EMS, Shawnee Township Police Department, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
No officers involved in the incident sustained physical injuries. The investigation into this situation remains under the jurisdiction of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Furthermore, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called upon to investigate the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting. Updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.