You know, people never cease to amaze me somtimes. Officer shoots hatchet-wielding driver on I-71 The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday, March 16, 2005 SUNBURY, Ohio A man who rammed his pickup truck into the rear of a police cruiser along I-71 was shot to death this morning when he threatened a state trooper with a hatchet. The 7:45 a.m. shooting south of the I-71 rest stop near Rts. 36 and 37 culminated a wild series of events that began in Morrow County, where the truck driver earlier had been involved in several hit-skip incidents. The trooper, who was not immediately identified, fired several shots at the man after his late-model green Ford F-150 extended-cab pickup truck ran off the interstate into a brushy area on the west side of I-71. The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, said State Highway Patrol Lt. Rick Zwayer. The trooper was not injured. Five orange cones on the shoulder of the road appeared to mark shell casings. Troopers were searching for the man's pickup truck this morning after he apparently hit several vehicles and then fled in Morrow County, Zwayer said. A second trooper, who was not involved in the shooting, was driving south on I-71 when his cruiser was rammed at high speed from the rear by the dead man's pickup truck, Zwayer said. The trooper who shot and killed the man responded to help after the pickup truck ran off the road, Zwayer said. The man exited the truck armed with a hatchet and threatened the trooper, he said. Southbound I-71 was closed, with traffic diverted to Rts. 36 and 37 north of the shooting scene.