Southwest Ohio police search for suspect after gun battle in Highland County

CINCINNATI - A manhunt is under way in several southwest Ohio counties after a gun battle between a suspect and a Highland County deputy.

Law enforcement agencies say they are looking for a gray Dodge vehicle -- possibly a Stratus -- with Northern Kentucky license plates. Adams County dispatchers say the vehicle should have bullet holes in the rear.

The incident started at about 3 a.m. Monday on State Route 41, officials said. A Highland County deputy tried to stop the vehicle but a man got out, shot at Deputy Thomas Putnam and took off. The man used a shotgun to fire at Putnam, according to investigators.

Officials said the car was stopped a second time, and the man got out and shot at a deputy again. However, this time the deputy returned fire.

The deputy was not injured. Authorities said it is unclear if the man suffered any injuries.

Officials said the chase entered Pike County and Pike County officials are handling the investigation.

Hamilton County put out an all-county broadcast for deputies to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Hamilton County officials said two men may be inside the vehicle and one of the men has a large caliber long gun.

No other details have been released.

Anyone who spots the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.

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