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A Knox County Sheriff’s cruiser returns to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office this morning. The cruiser was stolen in Centerburg and discovered in Sparta, where William E. Myers was shot by a Morrow County Sheriff’s deputy.
A Knox County Sheriff’s cruiser returns to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office this morning. The cruiser was stolen in Centerburg and discovered in Sparta, where William E. Myers was shot by a Morrow County Sheriff’s deputy. (Photo by )

By Mount Vernon News
May 7, 2012 9:00 pm EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office cruiser stolen in Centerburg Sunday night had locked doors but the keys were inside, according to Knox County Sheriff David Barber.

Just after 10 p.m., on Sunday, a deputy working in the village of Centerburg returned from his office to discover the cruiser was gone and broken glass was on the ground.

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“Witnesses said they observed a male subject break the driver’s side window and take off toward the Delaware County line,” Barber said.

A Delaware County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the cruiser at a McDonald’s in Sunbury, after officials in surrounding counties were alerted to the stolen county vehicle. Barber said deputies and police officers attempted to stop the vehicle, later discovered to be driven by William Myers.

Myers, 51, of Centerburg, refused to stop and led law enforcement on a pursuit reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Barber said Myers, at times, was driving without the aid the vehicle’s lights. After eluding law enforcement on Ohio 656, the stolen cruiser struck and killed a deer. The crash resulted in heavy damage to the front-end of the cruiser.

Morrow County Sheriff’s Deputy Clifford O’Connor, found Myers parked in the sheriff’s cruiser at a church in Sparta, around midnight. According to Steven R. Brenneman, Morrow County Sheriff, Myers left the cruiser, armed with a service rifle, and began moving toward O’Connor. The Morrow County deputy repeatedly told Myers to stop and drop the weapon. O’Connor retreated behind his cruiser, however, Myers continues to move toward him, ignoring the commands to stop. O’Connor, in fear for his own safety, shot Myers an unknown number of times. O’Connor started first aid and called for emergency medical services. Myers was transported to Knox Community Hospital where he died.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday by the Licking County Coroner. No details from the autopsy have been released.

Barber confirmed the rifle in Myers possession was taken from the stolen cruiser.

In addition to Delaware and Morrow county law enforcement assistant, a helicopter from the Columbus Police Department aided in the pursuit of Myers.


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