Authorities identify deputy injured in southwest Columbus shooting

Deputy Jacob Heaberlin. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
Authorities identify deputy injured in southwest Columbus shooting
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A deputy was shot and a suspect was killed in an exchange of gunfire in the south Hilltop area Saturday evening.

On Monday, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office identified the injured deputy as 29-year-old Jacob Heaberlin, a seven-year veteran.

Sheriff Dallas Baldwin says Deputy Heaberlin is doing well and is in good spirits.

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WATCH: Sheriff provides update on the shooting investigation:

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Around 6:35 p.m. Saturday, the Columbus Division of Police received a report of a hit-skip in the area of Bohnburg Avenue and Big Run Bluff in southwest Franklin County. The caller reported that the truck involved in the crash was seen going westbound on Frank Road from Gantz Road and was driving recklessly.

The sheriff's office says Deputy Heaberlin located the truck on Harrisburg Pike and attempted to make a traffic stop.

The driver refused to stop and fled from Deputy Heaberlin who continued to pursue the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. The suspect's truck hit another vehicle and then a utility pole at Eakin Road and Harrisburg Pike where it came to a stop.

The sheriff's office says the driver, identified as 55-year-old Darrell Bruffy, opened fire as Deputy Heaberlin approached the truck. The deputy was struck in the lower abdomen.

Darrell J. Bruffy. (Photo/Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

Deputy Heaberlin and Franklin Township Police Officers Roger Myers and Joe Sheridan, who had arrived on the scene, returned fire at Bruffy, striking him several times.

Deputy Heaberlin was transported to a local hospital.

Bruffy was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics.

Officers Myers and Sheridan were not injured.

The sheriff's office says no bystanders or others involved in the traffic crashes have reported injuries.

The incident remains under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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