MANSFIELD, Ohio — U.S. Marshals and local authorities continued to search an area of Ohio for fugitive Shawn Christy on Thursday as Marshals directly responded to a statement made on the Facebook page of a family member.
“A post Wednesday on Christy’s father’s Facebook account stating: ‘Ohio State Police just given orders to shoot to kill Shawn Christy’ is false,” Marshals said in a press release. “No law enforcement agency involved in the search has been given or would ever give such an order.”
Media members covering the Ohio manhunt say law enforcement has told them they know for sure Christy is still in the area, but could not elaborate.
The 26-year-old — who has been indicted for threatening President Trump, a district attorney and law enforcement — has managed to stay a step ahead of authorities for three months now. In late July, he allegedly broke into a relative’s home in Drums and stole handguns, setting off an extensive search in southern Luzerne County that lasted until Marshals announced they believed Christy stole a school van later found in West Virginia.
The McAdoo man then was reportedly spotted in Kentucky, where police say he broke into the home of Sarah Palin’s former son-in-law, Dakota Meyer. Later, Christy allegedly stole a pickup in Maryland that turned up Aug. 21 in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, only about 6 miles from his hometown.
Christy was believed to be somewhere in the Hazleton area until he stole a truck from Skitco Iron Works in Hazle Township early Sunday and crashed it on Interstate 71 near Mansfield, Ohio, later that same day, police report.
Since then, authorities have scoured the area. At one point, a team of 78 law enforcement officials was involved, reported the Mansfield News Journal.
Authorities still believe Christy “is on foot in the region,” the release stated.
A new twist in the story developed Wednesday when former reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman, known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, said his services have been retained by a friend of Christy’s family and he is headed to Ohio next week.
Meanwhile, a social-media report about a credible sighting of Christy in the Hazleton area after the Ohio truck crash was unfounded, law enforcement sources confirmed.