Officer Frank Graci

Police reports indicate which Brookville officer fired fatal shot

One officer was injured and a woman was killed during a shootout in October.

Brookville police use of force reports obtained by this news organization appear to indicate that officer Frank Graci shot and killed a Tennessee woman who had crashed her car and ran toward Speedway on Oct. 31.

Graci filled out a “Response to Resistance Report” signed and dated Dec. 5, 2016, in which he wrote Ashley Sides’ name as the subject and “subject was dead at scene” on a form showing he used deadly force.

Sides, 31, of Cookeville, Tenn., died of multiple gunshot wounds and the manner was listed as homicide by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Brookville police Chief Doug Jerome said his officers acted properly given the circumstances of what’s been called a shootout at 799 Arlington Road after Sides crashed her car after a brief pursuit by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Dispatchers received 911 calls that a white SUV crashed into a tree-line near the Wendy’s at the corner at Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Arlington Road. A woman was reported to dispatchers as running from the scene, and possibly trying to flag down other vehicles. As police were looking for the female, shots rang out at the Speedway.

Under subject actions, Graci put X’s in boxes next to “not responding to commands, verbal/physical danger cues, pulling away from officer, life threatening assault,” and “weapons used against officer.”

Officer Henry Edds fired his service weapon. Edds was shot in the arm by arrested suspect Conrad Davis, according to police. Edds wrote on a form signed and dated Dec. 5, 2016, “Duty weapon used and force intended to stop the threat of the suspect, but the suspect was not struck.”

Davis, 27, also of Cookeville, Tenn., was listed as the subject on Edds’ report in which Edds checked boxes next to, “life threatening assault,” and “weapons used against officer.”

Under special circumstances that influenced the use of force response, Edds checked, “closeness of weapon, injury, or exhaustion, being on the ground,” and “distance from subject.” No special circumstances were checked on Graci’s form.

Davis remains in Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond and charged with felonious assault on a police officer and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. The former Marine fired a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun at Brookville police, according to court records.

In a box asking if an officer received any injury, Edds wrote, “Gunshot wound in the upper left arm, causing serious injury and significant blood loss.”

Jerome has said Edds is recovering at home and that both officers remain on paid administrative leave.

Brookville’s law director said the statements or narratives that go with the use of force reports are not in possession of Brookville but that the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has that information.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Wednesday that they are not releasing any documents related to the Brookville shooting because it is an ongoing investigation.

Brookville police Major Tom Simon signed both use of force forms and dated them Dec. 5, 2016, even though the incident took place Oct. 31.

A Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman said the Brookville police-involved shooting has not been scheduled to go to a grand jury.

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