An investigation continues into the death of a Hancock County Sheriff's reserve deputy who died in a fiery crash on I-65 after he was named as a suspect in a shooting in the Columbus, Ohio, area last week.
52-year-old Steve McConnell had served at least six years as a sheriff's reserve officer. Detectives with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department in Ohio say he shot Elizabeth Colbert during a home invasion robbery in Blacklick, Ohio. McConnell was reportedly an ex-employee of the owner of the home. McConnell faced three criminal charges, including felonious assault and aggravated robbery.
According to Indiana State Police, McConnell was on his way to meet with a Hancock County Sheriff's Department detective to turn himself in last Friday night when his Jeep veered off of northbound I-65 in Bartholomew County and burst into flames. A coroner's finding reportedly lists the cause of death as self-inflicted asphyxia due to a fire started by an incendiary device in the vehicle. ISP considered McConnell armed and dangerous at the time of the crash.
Hancock County Sheriff's Major Joe Hunt declined comment on McConnell's death or service to the department, pending reports from ISP and the Franklin County, Ohio, Sheriff's Department.