- Lauren Pack Staff Writer
A Butler County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man after being dispatched on a report of an active shooter on Jackson Road at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday night.
Here’s new information the Journal-News has learned this morning about the man fatally shot:
Jacob Faulkner was the man fatally shot Tuesday by a Butler County sheriff’s deputy, according to his family.
Jacob’s brother, Jason Faulkner, told this news outlet he does not blame officers for his brother’s death.
Jason Faulkner said Jacob, a New Miami graduate, served in the Marines in Afghanistan. He had been back in the U.S. for about six years.
“He seemed OK at first,” Jason Faulkner said of his brother, who went by Jake.
Jake had been taking classes at Xavier University and had a job at GE, according to his brother.
“Probably a couple years ago we noticed a change in his attitude,” Jason Faulkner said.
His brother quit taking classes and was fired from his job at GE, according to Jason Faulkner.
Jake had been living with his parents for the past couple years, his brother said, but the relationship was strained.
He often argued with his parents, his brother said.
“He liked to break things. He would break furniture. My dad would tell him, ‘stop destroying my house.’ They would get into heated arguments,” though nothing physical that Jason Faulkner said he knew of.
“He didn’t go anywhere. He has just sat in the house. He would read and work out in the garage,” Jason Faulkner said.
His father became increasingly worried about Jake’s behavior, especially during the presidential election.
Jason Faulkner said his brother “was really fired up over politics” during the election.
Because his brother was a Donald Trump supporter, his brother thought the now-president’s win would improve Jake’s well-being.
“But it seems like it moved from politics to something else,” Jason Faulkner said, adding that the whole family encouraged Jake to seek help and to talk with a counselor, but he refused.
“If we talked to him about getting help, he would usually start yelling,” he said.
Jason Faulkner said he does not blame officers for his brother’s death.
Jake planned the shooting, knowing police would show up when he started firing at the moving train, according to Jason Faulkner
Jason Faulkner said he heard deputies yell, “Put it down. Don’t make me shoot you.” Then he said he heard three shots.
A press conference will take place this afternoon, when more details are expected to be released about the officer-involved shooting Tuesday in Butler County.
The identity of the deputy involved in the shooting is expected to also be released at that time.View full experience