Wanted Wooster fugitive captured in West Virginia

James Bubba Schmidt Courtesy Wooster Police

(Wooster) - The search is over for a fugitive suspected of shooting at Ohio officers during a high-speed chase.

Investigators say that James Schmidt, who's known as Bubba, fired at Wooster police and Wayne County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning. 

They say several police vehicles were hit. No one was seriously hurt. 

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot says the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcers captured Schmidt in West Virginia driving a stolen vehicle. 

Elliot tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, Schmidt was taken by surprise, and without incident around 5pm. 

This morning, police said Schmidt was spotted at a Wal-Mart around 1:30 a.m., and fled in a vehicle with a woman when authorities tried to stop him. 

An officer believes that the woman may have been an "unwilling participant."

Investigators allege Schmidt later crashed in a field and fled, then broke into a home and escaped in a stolen gray suv.

Police say Schmidt is wanted on warrants for crimes including assault and is being brought back to Wayne County to stand trial.

(Photo Courtesy Wooster Police)

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