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Scrapper pulls sawed-off shotgun on Portage County Sheriff's Office deputy

Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 19:48:02-05

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio — The Portage County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who is considered armed and dangerous after he allegedly pointed a sawed-off shotgun at a deputy on Monday.

The man has been identified as Daniel J. Freetagg, 41, of Smith Township in Mahoning County. A warrant has been filed for a charge of felonious assault. He also has an outstanding warrant out of Stark County for theft, authorities said.

The incident happened Monday around 9 a.m. at a recently closed restaurant in Deerfield Township in Portage County.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy approached Freetagg's red Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, discovered that it did not have any visible registration and was parked so that the rear of the truck couldn't be seen.

Authorities say the deputy identified himself and Freetagg told him that he was there scrapping and the truck didn't have visible registration since he just purchased it.

While the two were conversing, Freetagg, who was inside the truck, allegedly pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and pointed it at the deputy. Authorities said that the deputy then ran back to his cruiser while Freetagg drove off.

The deputy pursued Freetagg into Mahoning County, but Freetagg managed to elude police. Freetagg's truck was found several hours later at a home in Smith Township, the sheriff's office stated. During a search of the vehicle, authorities found methamphetamine, marijuana, a scale, and the sawed-off shotgun.

He was arrested without incident Tuesday night.