Dearborn County Sheriff's Department.
(Logan Township, Ind.) - Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department dispatchers say a gunman remains at-large Wednesday morning.
Logan Township, just west of Bright, is normally a quiet area, but the atmosphere in the neighborhood was anything but peaceful Tuesday.
A home on the 2300 block of North Dearborn Road, near Dole Road, was burglarized by a man armed with a Glock 357 handgun. The homeowner managed to run off the suspect. He fled into some nearby woods.
Police searched the area for hours using a helicopter and K9 officers. Residents were ordered to lock their doors and report suspicious activity.
North Dearborn Elementary School was within the two-mile radius police were concentrating their search. The school was on lockdown most of the day Tuesday. A school resource officer was on station there all day and police kept watch on school grounds as students boarded buses to head home.
A frightening new sign of the burglar did not appear until about 4:00 p.m.
A homeowner was shot in a home on Ruth Avenue in Logan Township, within a mile away from where the initial burglary took place.
The 54-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was shot in the back. Investigators believe the victim may have been trying to run from the shooter.
Aircare was summoned to transport the victim to University Hospital in Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, the suspected shooter stole the victim’s car and may have escaped the area.
The vehicle is a black 1995 Ford Thunderbird with Indiana plates 717 AUY. Investigators described the suspect as a white man with red hair, about 5’7” tall, with a heavy build. He wore glasses, a black polo shirt, and khaki pants.
If you see him, call 911 immediately. The shooter himself should be considered armed and dangerous, Dearborn County Sheriff Mike Kreinhop told WLWT-TV.
As news of the shooting and a description of the suspect spread through northern Dearborn County, police began receiving tips.
One of those tips related to a red SUV spotted on Cumberland Drive in Bright. Police followed up, but concluded that the vehicle and its occupants were not connected to the shooting or burglary.
The Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting. Eagle 99.3 has contacted the unit's investigators seeking more information.