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Fulton County Deputy Shot; Search Underway For Alleged Shooter




Jeremy Simon

Jeremy Simon

Jeremy Simon, a 24-year veteran of the Fulton County Sheriff Department, was shot twice when he attempted to stop a stolen vehicle sometime after 9:32 pm, Monday night, July 31.

A press release from the FCSD states Simon was taken by helicopter ambulance to the Toledo Hospital. His injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening.

A Toledo Hospital spokesman said there is no information available on Simon.

Officers from at least nine law enforcement agencies are searching for the alleged shooter, Jeshua L. Gilmore.

Gilmore is a light-skinned black man, 18 years of age. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighs approximately 150 pounds.

His hair is brown and eyes are hazel. Court papers indicate he has a Toledo address.

As of 2 pm yesterday, Tuesday, Gilmore was still at large.

Authorities are collecting leads and tips through the Fulton County Crime Stop- per program, 800-255-1122, and the Fulton County Sheriff office, 419-335-4010.

Jeshua Gilmore

Jeshua Gilmore

Gilmore has been charged with one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of fleeing and eluding a police officer, and one count of having weapons while under disability.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a federal agency, and the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Task Force have joined in the search, along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Gilmore is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The Incident

The press release states Simon was dispatched at 9:32 pm to the Country Corral restaurant, south of the Ohio Turnpike on St. Rt. 109, on a report of suspicious activity involving a vehicle.

When Simon arrived and approached the vehicle, it drove off.

Simon and Delta officers chased the vehicle north on St. Rt. 109, later learning the vehicle was stolen.

The vehicle broke down in the area of St. Rt. 120, north of US 20.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, Simon and his police dog got out of the patrol car and began approaching the vehicle.

Skye Thibodeaux

Skye Thibodeaux

At this point, a passenger in the vehicle got out and ran into a cornfield.

The driver’s door opened; as the driver started to get out, he fired four shots at Simon and his K-9.

Simon was struck twice.

The suspect then fled into the cornfield.

A short time later, the passenger, identified as Skye Thibodeaux, 18, Delta, came out of the cornfield and surrendered.

A perimeter was established around the area. Assisting in the search were Lenawee County (Mich.) sheriff deputies, the Monroe (Mich.) County sheriff aviation unit helicopter, the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force (MAN Unit), the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and police from Wauseon, Delta, Swanton, and Fayette.

The driver– the suspect in the shooting– was not found.

Jeshua Gilmore

The press release states it was later discovered Gilmore was the driver, and has a felony warrant out of Fulton County.

Gilmore was indicted March 20 by a Fulton County Grand Jury on five counts of grand theft, three counts of theft, and two counts of receiving stolen property.

A March press release from Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said on or about March 1-3, Gilmore allegedly stole motor vehicles, credit cards, a laptop computer, and a firearm.

He also allegedly received a motor vehicle and credit cards, “knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that they had been stolen.”

A warrant on those charges was outstanding at the time of the shooting.

Originally, a $2,500 reward for information leading to the apprehension and arrest of Gilmore was offered from the United States Marshal Service.

The reward has been increased to $5,000.

Thibodeaux

As of Tuesday morning, Thibodeaux was being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

She is charged with obstructing justice and obstructing official business.

Law enforcement officers are search for a 2000 Chevy Tahoe, a sport-utility vehicel, silver or pueter in color. Carrying license plate BIB 8873, it was stolen from a business in the area.

Officers believe Gilmore may have taken the SUV and could be driving it.


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