A gunman was killed and a Seneca County sheriff’s deputy struck in the shoulder during a shootout Tuesday in a rural neighborhood just outside Tiffin.
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TIFFIN, Ohio — A woman in Tiffin can be heard pleading frantically with a 911 operator as her husband chased her with a rifle.
That gunman was ultimately killed after stabbing a man he believed was dating his wife. A Seneca County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the shoulder during a shootout with the suspect, Scott Bloomfield, 34, Tuesday in a rural neighborhood just outside Tiffin.
Sheriff William Eckelberry said he believes law enforcement officers acted appropriately and that Deputy Luke Cantu was recovering after the shooting.
The incident began as a domestic dispute call at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday at a Tiffin residence. Police were alerted to a man with a rifle equipped with a scope in the 100 block of Schonhardt Street. A woman there said Mr. Bloomfield, whom she called her husband on a 911 call, tried to remove her from her car, and she ran for safety between houses, authorities said.
The woman, with a panicked voice, can be heard crying and pleading to a 911 operator repeatedly asking for help. She told the operator that Mr. Bloomfield had a rifle and ripped the handle off her vehicle door.
About 30 minutes later, a different 911 caller told the sheriff’s office the same man barged into her home in the unit block of North Tecumseh Drive. He threatened to shoot the woman’s son, Johnny Reino, 25, and stabbed him, police said.
“Some guy came into my house, with a gun, a shotgun … he is going to kill my son because my son was dating his wife,” the woman said. “Oh my God, please hurry.”
The woman told a 911 operator that her son was stabbed in the side and the suspect fled in a yellow pickup truck.
“I love you honey,” she can be heard saying on the 911 recording.
The woman then took her son to the hospital, according to police.
Tiffin police and sheriff’s deputies responded to the Tecumseh Drive residence. The gunman was shot about 2:06 p.m. by one of the law enforcement officers, police said.
Deputy Cantu was hit in the shoulder and the bullet went through his body. He and Mr. Reino were recovering at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center. Two Tiffin police vehicles were shot multiple times.
A police officer can be heard shouting “I got an officer down! Officer down! I need an ambulance,” in dispatch recordings obtained by The Blade.
Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is reviewing who fired first, Sheriff Eckelberry said.
Staff writer Ryan Dunn contributed to this report.
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