Officer-involved shootings: Police cleared in recent local incidents

Officer-involved shootings: Police cleared in recent local incidents

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From left: A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police; A two-month internal investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting at Walgreens in Hamilton that killed a 34-year-old man in a robbery attempt found no fault in Officer Kevin Ruhl’s use of force; A grand jury in Montgomery County declined charges against three R.A.N.G.E. Task Force officers involved in a January shooting, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police.

Here are 4 other recent officer-involved shootings in the region:

3 officers in shooting at Miami Twp. hotel

A grand jury in Montgomery County declined charges against three R.A.N.G.E. Task Force officers involved in a January shooting, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

The officers discharged their weapons toward a vehicle that was being driven toward them. One of the suspects crashed his vehicle into two unmarked police vehicles.

The suspect, Antwaun Brown, was grazed by a bullet.

Since January, four people have been charged in the Jan. 27 shots-fired incident and manhunt at the Hawthorn Suites By Wyndam Miamisburg/Dayton Mall South.

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Hamilton officer in deadly Walgreens robbery

A two-month internal investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting at Walgreens in Hamilton that killed a 34-year-old man in a robbery attempt found no fault in Officer Kevin Ruhl’s use of force.

Just days after the August 2016 fatal shooting, a Butler County grand jury reviewed the incident, assisted with surveillance tapes from the store, and declined to indict the officer.

In announcing the grand jury’s decision of “no indictment” against Ruhl, Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said, “the confronting officer (Ruhl) fatally shot the assailant preventing potential injury to him and others and preventing the assailant’s escape.”

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Officer shot by teen in Hamilton

An 18-year-old fired an AK-47 at a Hamilton police officer in 2014 before the wounded officer killed him in a shootout.

Hamilton Police Officer Chad Stafford was shot in the head by Brandon Keeler, who was firing shots from a civilian-model AK-47 rifle at 11th Street and Sipple Avenue.

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Officer cleared of crime in Fairfield fatal shooting

A wrongful death lawsuit continues after a now former Fairfield police officer was cleared in 2014 for the shooting death of a 23-year-old man.

A Butler County grand jury declined in 2014 to bring criminal charges against then-Fairfield Officer Scott Conklin after he fatally shot 23-year-old Caleb Surface, who he believed had a gun when he found him in a subdivision the night of Jan. 18, 2014.

Caleb had actually been holding a cordless phone he had taken from his father’s home.

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Butler County requests training on officer-involved shootings

Butler County commissioners said in 2016 they wanted the sheriff’s office to host a training exercise on officer-involved shootings.

“We’re willing to write the check,” commissioner Don Dixon said in October. “That’s something that is money well spent, to save potentially millions of dollars in litigation and lives.”

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told commissioners in October he would have a plan to them within a month.

The Journal-News is reaching out to commissioners and to the sheriff today on the status of that plan.

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