Fairfield Twp. officer shoots man armed with hammer, knife; BCI investigates

Male taken to hospital, in critical condition

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is continuing to investigate Wednesday night’s shooting of a man armed with a hammer and knife by Fairfield Police at a mobile home community.

The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. at Camargo Park at the corner of state Route 4 and Liberty-Fairfield Road.

Officers were called to the 5500 block of Liberty-Fairfield Road for an emotionally disturbed person. A mobile crisis team worker called for police to respond with her, according to dispatch records.

“Delusional, significantly agitated (and) threatening to hurt the police if they come, but no one else has been threatened,” the caller told dispatchers.

Officers were speaking to family members when the 29-year-old man exited the residence armed a hammer and a knife and moved toward the officers, according to Fairfield Twp. Police.

The officers repeatedly gave commands to drop the hammer and knife, but the man did not comply and continued moving toward the officers. For their safety, and the safety of others, one of the officers discharged his firearm striking the person, according to police.

The dispatch report indicates the man was shot in the chest.

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The man then went back into the residence, officers followed and they were able to subdue him and immediately rendered first aid, according to police. The injured male was transported the subject to UC West Chester where he was in critical condition Thursday.

Two officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Fairfield Twp. Police Chief Robert Chabali.

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