Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Simon was shot last night during a chase. Authorities say Jeshua L. Gilmore fled and is still on the loose.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle at Country Corral at State Route 109 and County Road H at about 9:30 p.m. When the vehicle driven by Gilmore, 18, was approached by authorities, it drove off, according Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller.
The vehicle was pursued by Simon and Delta Police. During the chase, the car stopped due to mechanical failure near State Route 109 and US 20 (Central Avenue). Deputy Simon and his K-9 started toward the vehicle.
A passenger fled and the driver got out and four shots were fired, according to Miller. Simon was struck twice on the left side under the arm pit. At this time, the sheriff’s department does not believe officers fired any shots.
Simon was taken by Life Flight to a Toledo hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Miller said Simon is doing “fine,” and the hospital is doing procedural check-ups today. “We’ve been very fortunate,” Miller said in regards to officer shootings. “We know we’re not immune to that.”
The passenger of the vehicle, Skye Thibodeaux, 18, later turned herself into authorities. She was booked into CCNO for obstructing justice and obstructing official business.
Gilmore fled, and authorities are still searching for him. The investigation continues with BCI&I from the State of Ohio investigating and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office assisting. Last night’s man hunt included a helicopter from Monroe County.
There was a missing truck from a concrete business at State Route 109 and U.S. 120 in northern Fulton County which the sheriff’s office believes was taken by Gilmore. That vehicle is described as a 2000 Chevy Tahoe, silver/pewter in color, Ohio Registration BIB 8873. Authorities do not know in which direction Gilmore may be headed.
Gilmore has now been charged with one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of fleeing and eluding, and one count of weapons under disability.
Gilmore is considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff’s department has advised citizens not to approach Gilmore, but to call 1-800-255-1222 with any information. A $5,000 reward is available from Fulton County and the U.S. Marshals for information leading to his arrest.
Gilmore was already known in Fulton County. In March, Gilmore was indicted on five counts of grand theft, three counts of theft, and two counts of receiving stolen property. On or about March 1-3, 2017, he allegedly stole motor vehicles, credit cards, a laptop, and a firearm. He also allegedly received a motor vehicle and credit cards knowing or having reasonable cause to believe they had been stolen.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, MAN Unit, Wauseon, Delta, Fayette and Swanton Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, BCI&I, ALS2, Lyons Fire & Rescue, and Life Flight.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Taskforce are assisting the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.