TIFFIN — A Seneca County sheriff’s deputy was shot Tuesday in Tiffin during an exchange of gunfire with a stabbing suspect, who was killed in the melee.
The gunfire began at about 2:05 p.m. Tuesday when Tiffin police went to 92 N. Tecumseh Trail to assist a Seneca County sheriff’s deputy, who was responding to a reported stabbing.
The stabbing suspect, Scott N. Bloomfield, 34, opened fire with a rifle, striking a deputy. Bloomfield was then shot and killed by officers.
“It appears (Bloomfield) would have been the person who shot the officer,” said Jill Del Greco, public information officer for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. “It’s all still very preliminary, but that’s what it appears to be from our investigation so far.”
Del Greco said Bloomfield was taken to Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“He was transported to the hospital. He did not die on scene,” she said.
Del Greco said the injured deputy is in stable condition at the hospital. She did not identify him.
She was unable to provide an update on the health of the stabbing victim.
No other officers were injured, but a post on the Tiffin Police Department’s Facebook page said two of the department’s cruisers were riddled with bullets during the shootout.
The chain of events that led to the shooting began at about 1:26 p.m. Tuesday when Tiffin Police Department received a 911 call regarding a man with a gun at 133 Schonhardt St. According to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office, Bloomfield is the owner of the property.
Tiffin Police Chief Fredrick Stevens said the caller, a female, said her ex was armed and had used the butt of his rifle to smash the driver’s side window of her car in an attempt to forcibly remove her from her car. She was able to escape through the passenger side of the car and run between houses.
Officers arrived and checked the area for the suspect, who was driving a yellow Chevy Silverado pickup. At the same time, the sheriff’s office was sent to check Bloomfield’s County Road 36 residence.
At about 2:01 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a female reporting that someone had barged into 92 N. Tecumseh Trail and was threatening to shoot her son. The suspect then stabbed her son, and the caller rushed him to the hospital.
When police responded to the Tecumseh Trail residence at 2:04 p.m., they saw the yellow pickup and the suspect with the rifle.
Within a minute, the deputy was shot.
According to police, the suspect was shot by one of the officers on scene, and medical aid was given to both the injured deputy and Bloomfield before they were taken to the hospital.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, part of the attorney general’s office, is in charge of the investigation, including the stabbing and the shooting.
The names of the injured deputy, the stabbing victim, and any of the other officers on scene have not yet been released.