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Officer involved shooting in Defiance leaves one man dead

(WOWO News)

DEFIANCE, OH. (WOWO) – A Defiance police officer shot a man around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning while investigating a disturbance call, according to the Journal Gazette.

Officers had received calls from the home, located in the 600 block of Martin Avenue, two separate times within twelve hours of the shooting.  According to the Daily Record, the first call was to report a sex offense, however he is unsure whether the two calls before the shooting were related to the disturbance call.

According to NBC 24 News, 58-year-old Alex Johnson was holding a knife which led to the officer to shooting him.

The investigation has been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation as that is procedure after an officer involved shooting.

Police Chief Todd Shafer states “I’ve been with the force for 23 years and this is the first incident we’ve ever had with an officer involved shooting in the City of Defiance, and prior to that, I mean to the best of my recollection, it’s been many, many, many years before that.”

The officer who shot the suspect is on paid administrative leave.


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