Deputy shoots suspect in Ohio cruiser theft, chase

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SPARTA, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities in central Ohio say a man stole a cruiser belonging to a sheriff's office and led officers on a chase before being shot by a deputy.

Columbus-area TV stations report the incident began when the suspect took off in a cruiser Sunday night. Officials say the suspect eventually got out of the vehicle while holding a firearm and was shot by a deputy near Sparta, roughly 30 miles north of Columbus.

A sheriff's dispatcher said information about the condition of the suspect and the officer and further details of what happened were not available early Monday morning.

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