Franklin Co. Deputy identified in deputy-involved shooting that left suspect dead

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The deputy who was injured during a shootout with a suspect, Saturday, has been identified. 

According to Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin, Deputy Jacob Heaberlin was shot by a suspect during a pursuit, followed by a shootout. 

Baldwin says the suspect is 55-year-old Darrell J. Bruffy of Orient, Ohio. 

The sheriff’s office says Bruffy was shot and killed following a brief pursuit with a deputy that ended near Harrisburg Pike and Eakin Road.

Heaberlin was shot by Bruffy in the lower abdomen, according to deputies, and initially rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but later upgraded to stable after surgery at Grant Medical Center. “I’m very happy to say he seems to be doing very well,” Baldwin said Monday morning.

Heaberlin is a seven year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. 

Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert credits Heaberlin’s training and the quick response to the scene by Franklin Township police officers for the outcome not being any worse than it was. “We’re very fortunate that we did not lose deputy, lose him in this very fast-evolving situation.”

Chief Deputy for Investigations Rick Minerd said the office will continue to support Deputy Heaberlin through his recovery. And hopefully, his return to work. “What a warrior,” Minerd said. “I mean not only Heaberlin but the two officers there as well. I mean you heard the gun gunfire. What a horrific situation.”

Bruffy has a criminal past in Franklin County, according to court records. 

Bruffy was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, assault and criminal trespass from an incident in March. He was set for a pretrial hearing on in municipal court on Tuesday. A warrant was out for his arrest for violating a protection order, which happened in Columbus on May 6. He also was charged with violating a protection order again on April 6. 

Before these charges, his last incident listed in Franklin County courts was in 1994, when he pleaded no contest to obstructing official business. 

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