Off-Duty Ohio Cop Charged With Shooting From Vehicle

A Newark, Ohio Police officer is facing charges after firing shots late Sunday night from a vehicle.

Todd Brunton, 48, was off-duty when he was arrested after casings found near Surrey Drive matched a firearm he was carrying, reported NBC 4i.

Officers responded just before 10:30 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired and a vehicle fleeing the area.

Officers in the vicinity of North 21st Street and Route 16 subsequently heard additional shots fired and spotted a silver, four-door Cadillac Escalade being driven by Brunton, according to documents. “The investigation that followed showed that the defendant was the only one that fit the description that could have fired the shots.”

A .40-caliber Glock handgun, the same caliber as the casings found at the scene, found on Brunton had been recently fired.

Brunton was charged with one count of knowingly discharging a firearm in or on a motor vehicle. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 7.