Officer Dominic Francis Death, Bluffton officer killed during a chase on I-75

Death: Officer Dominic Francis Obituary not available at moment – Dominic Francis, 41, was struck by the vehicle while attempting to deploy stop-sticks on the southbound I-75 exit on the east side of Bluffton, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Suspects involved in a high-speed chase on Interstate 75 in Hancock County are accused of killing a Bluffton police officer early Thursday morning.

According to, He had been in law enforcement for 19 years, the last nine with the Bluffton Police Department.

Francis coached softball and football at Cory-Rawson Schools, according to Chief Ryan Burkholder. Three suspects exited the video and ran away on foot.

One of the suspects stole a Toyota Prius from a home on County Road 29 at 3 a.m. and drove away. Another suspect was captured near the scene of the theft.

A trooper noticed the Prius on I-71 around Medina and chased it until it came to a halt on SR 57 in Elyria. Until 11:30 a.m., Interstate 75 was closed in order to look for the third suspect.

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