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Shootout survivor shares with local officers

A retired Morrow County deputy who has received national honors shared Monday with local law enforcement about a shootout that occurred exactly three years ago to that date and nearly claimed his life and the lives of three civilians.


Retired Morrow County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Moore spoke Monday evening to local law enforcement at the Bellefontaine High School Distance Learning Center about how to prepare for crisis situations. He survived a shootout in 2010. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Brandon Moore, a winner of the America’s Most Wanted All-Star Award in 2012, encouraged local officers from a number of different local agencies during two sessions at the Bellefontaine High School Distance Learning Center to always be prepared for danger that can lurk around the corner.

He also was nominated for the Congressional Badge of Bravery and the National Medal of Valor in 2011.

On the fateful day of Oct. 21, 2010, Deputy Moore responded to a neighbor dispute in rural Morrow County. The conversation between Shane Roush, and a local farmer seemed to go rather smoothly.

Mr. Roush then retreated to his home, and the farmer began telling Deputy Moore that he suspected his neighbor was running a large-scale marijuana grow operation on the property.

When the deputy began checking out the suspected marijuana plants on the farmer’s property, he suddenly heard the sound of gunfire, and then realized that Mr. Roush was aiming a high velocity rifle right at him about 62 feet away.

A gun fight then ensued, and the suspect fired a total of 42 times. Deputy Moore was hit several times in his torso and once in his foot.

It was a bullet to his femur that took the deputy to the ground, and he continued firing from the awkward position at the marijuana grow operator who was still a distance away.

“I don’t understand, other than miraculous intervention, why I’m here today living and breathing,” he told attendees.

“High velocity bullets can rip and tear your insides to the size of a dinner plate. If one of the bullets had hit half an inch up or down, it would have played ping pong with my internal organs.”

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