Mom before son fatally shot by deputy: ‘It is like he is at war’

5:08 p.m Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Butler County
Jacob Faulkner was fatally shot by a Butler County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday in St. Clair Twp. Police were responding to a report of Faulkner shooting at a moving train. (Contributed photo/Kevin Gitner)

Donna Faulkner, Jacob Faulkner’s mother, was among those who called 911 Tuesday evening, telling dispatchers her son was shooting at trains.

“He has been going through a really rough time,” Donna Faulkner said in the 911 call. “He doesn’t like the sound the train makes.”

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She told dispatchers her son had served in Afghanistan and may suffer from PTSD.

“He’s been worked up because his brother has been in the Air Force,” Donna Faulkner said, calling from her older son’s house next door.

“He took his vest off,” she told the dispatcher. “Now he is sitting on the ground. Dear God, Lord have mercy.”

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Then Donna Faulkner said her older son was going outside to try to talk to his brother.

The dispatcher urges them to stay away for their own safety.

“I don’t want him to be killed … it is like he is at war,” Donna Faulkner said, adding that Jacob was reloading his gun.

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Dispatchers received a number of calls from concerned neighbors and frightened drivers who saw Jacob shooting at the moving train at the Jackson Road railroad crossing.

Some callers also reported seeing Jacob Faulkner reloading his gun, saying he had two guns and was wearing a vest.

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As sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they learned Jacob Faulkner had gone back into his house in the 4100 block of Trenton Road.

They were surrounding the residence when Jacob came outside.

“He just walked outside,” a deputy says, adding that Jacob was wearing a bandana around his eyes and was holding up hands.

“Said go on ahead,” the deputy says, “then walked back into the house.”

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Seconds later the deputy says, “He’s got a gun. Shots fired.”

The shots were fired in the back of the home by the garage.

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