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Jeshua Gilmore, the suspect in the shooting of a Fulton County Sheriff Deputy, was arrested at 3:10 pm, Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 1, by Toledo police.

Roy Miller, Fulton County sheriff, said the Fulton County Crime Stopper received a tip at about 3 pm that Gilmore was at a residence on Upton Avenue in Toledo. Toledo police were contacted, and by 3:10, Gilmore was in custody.

In a press conference about 4:15 pm Tuesday, Miller said Gilmore was on his way back to Fulton County as he spoke. There would be paperwork to complete at the Fulton County Sheriff Department, then he would be taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.  Miller said Fulton County officials would attempt to question Gilmore, “if he’ll talk to us.”

Jeremy Simon, the deputy who was shot, was performing a traffic stop on a vehicle that fled from him while answering a suspicious activities call. There was a brief chase that ended when the suspect vehicle broke down.  As Simon and his police dog were approaching the vehicle, Gilmore, identified as the driver, allegedly fired four shots from a .40 caliber handgun at the deputy. 



Simon was struck twice, below the armpit on his left side. The bullets struck Simon at the point where the armoured parts of his bullet-resistant vest come together.

Skye Thibodeaux, 18, who has a Delta address, was a passenger in the stolen vehicle. She ran into a cornfield, then later surrendured. Miller said she was cooperative when questioned. When ask if she was the source of Gilmore’s identity, Miller said there was police dash-cam video of the shooting.

Miller said Gilmore frequents the Fulton County area. He said he believes Gilmore attended Evergreen High School. 

Miller said authorities have yet to recover a Chevrolet Tahoe sport-utility vehicle, which was stolen from a business in the area where the shooting took place. Miller said it is believed Gilmore took the vehicle to make good his escape.



Authorities have also not recovered the handgun used in the shooting.

Simon was expected to be released from Toledo Hosptial either late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, Miller said.

The FCSD police dog was returned to the deputy’s residence.–updated 5:25 pm Tuesday, Aug. 1

On 07-31-2017, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Country
Corral, located at 7910 State Route 109, on a suspicious activity call around
9:32 PM.

Deputy Simon (24-year veteran) arrived and approached the vehicle in
question.  The driver of the
vehicle fled and Deputy Simon pursued along with Delta Police.  The vehicle started having mechanical
problems north of state Route 109 and slowed to a stop. Deputy Simon exited his
vehicle along with his K-9 and started towards the suspect vehicle.  A passenger fled into a cornfield, the
driver opened his door to exit as he was doing so, fired at the Deputy and his
K-9 four times, striking the Deputy two times.  The suspect then fled into the cornfield.  A female passenger, Skye Thibodeaux, age
18, who had ran into the field came back out and gave herself up.  It was later discovered, Jeshua Gilmore,
age 18, was the driver and has a felony warrant out of Fulton County.  The warrant is for 5 counts of grand
theft, three counts of theft and 2 counts of receiving stolen property.  The area was searched by helicopter
from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the suspect was not located.

Deputy Simon was taken by Life Flight to a Toledo hospital with non-life
threatening injuries. 

The investigation continues, BCI&I from the State of Ohio will be
investigating and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will be assisting.

Thibodeaux was booked into CCNO for Obstructing justice and obstructing
official business.

If anyone has any information on where we can locate Jeshua, please contact
Fulton County Crime Stopper at 1-800-255-1122.  The U.S. Marshals have offered a $2500 reward for
information leading to the apprehension and arrest of Jeshua, the caller may be
eligible for a reward.

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.-Posted 8.1, 11:10 am



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