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Updated: Shooting on Derrick Street

March 14, 2013

ST. MARYS — A St. Marys police officer and an Auglaize County sheriff’s deputy have been placed on administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting on Derrick Street Wednesday night.

The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 10:04 p.m. Wednesday indicating the caller, who was at 601 Derrick St., St. Marys, was going to shoot whoever responded to the residence. The caller repeated the threat twice and as the dispatcher inquired about the problem, the caller hung up.

Officers and deputies rushed to the scene and approached the house. The suspect, whose name is not being released by law enforcement officials, exited the house with a weapon. At that point, shots were fired.

The male suspect reportedly received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.

The officer and deputy were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer is involved in a shooting.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called to the scene to handle the investigation because of the involvement of local law enforcement agents.

Officers from the Wapakoneta and New Bremen police departments and troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted at the scene.

“We brought in BCI because we wanted an independent investigation,” St. Marys Interim Police Chief Tim Eberle told The Evening Leader this morning.

“We want to have a very transparent investigation and we don’t want to have any conflicts of interest.”

The incident remains under investigation and officials declined to release the names of the officer and deputy involved in the shooting at this time. Eberle declined to release if there was anyone else in the residence at the time of the shooting.

However, he noted there is no threat to the public related to Wednesday night’s shooting.

“I spoke with Dan Grothause because it did happen near the school and told him there was no threat,” Eberle said. “Our plan today is to have an officer at the school this morning, hopefully to ease some parents’ minds.”

Eberle also declined to release the type of weapon the suspect allegedly held or if he fired at the officers.


 

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