Law enforcement officials from Allen and Van Wert Counties, along with officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, ring a semi cab on State Route 30 west of Van Wert. The operator of the stolen semi was shot and killed after making threats against individuals to negotiators working to defuse the situation, then driving against traffic in the eastbound lane of U.S. Route 30.
Law enforcement officials from Allen and Van Wert Counties, along with officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, ring a semi cab on State Route 30 west of Van Wert. The operator of the stolen semi was shot and killed after making threats against individuals to negotiators working to defuse the situation, then driving against traffic in the eastbound lane of U.S. Route 30.

VAN WERT COUNTY — An Allen County man is dead following a high-speed chase through Allen and Van Wert Counties Tuesday morning.
According to a release issued by Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia, an officer with the Spencerville Police Department, alerted to a criminal complaint against the driver involving the bobtail semi, initiated a stop at 8:11 a.m. The operator of the vehicle — an as-yet unidentified 46-year-old white male — refused to stop, prompting the officer to give chase.

Multiple agencies joined the pursuit — including the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol — while other agencies provided ancillary support. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mark Brecht stationed himself at the junction of State Route 65 and U.S. Route 30 as part of an effort to confine the driver to U.S. 30. Other agencies provided similar support.
“The operator fled throughout Allen County and eventually entered U.S. 30 westbound near Delphos,” the official release states. “During the course of the pursuit, multiple attempts were made to stop the operator, via negotiators over the phone, stop sticks, shooting remaining tires, and vehicle maneuvers. The driver refused to stop and made multiple and repeated threats to kill people.”
As the truck continued west on U.S. 30, debris from its flayed tires spattered the highway for miles, prompting secondary law enforcement personnel and workers with the Ohio Department of Transportation to slow westbound traffic in order to remove the detritis from the roadway.
Nearly two hours later, at approximately 10 a.m., the operator of the semi pulled into the eastbound lane and continued driving westbound near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Feasby Wisener Road on the west side of Van Wert County.
“At that time, pursuing officers determined the operator and semi were an imminent threat to the safety of citizens and made the determination to neutralize the threat by firing on the operator,” the official release states. “The operator was struck by gunfire and the semi eventually came to a complete stop in the eastbound lanes of travel at approximately 10:04 a.m. ... The number of officers, and rounds fired upon the suspect is unknown at this time.”
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office.
The supect’s name was not released pending notification of next of kin.
In closing the release, Sheriff Treglia stated additional information “will be released as quickly as the investigation allows.”