No Charges for Deputies Who Fatally Shot Armed Man at Motel

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio grand jury has concluded two sheriff’s deputies followed use-of-force policies and protocols when they fatally shot an armed man who shot and injured one of them.

The confrontation occurred as the Fayette County deputies responded to a noise complaint last October at a motel in Jeffersonville. Authorities say 22-year-old Eric Stromer, of Columbus, pulled out a gun and fired at one of the officers as they tried to subdue a woman with Stromer.

Authorities say Sgt. Todd Oesterle, who was wounded, and Deputy Jason Havens returned fire as Stromer tried to flee.

The county prosecutor and sheriff say a grand jury indicted the woman on charges including obstruction and cleared the deputies of wrongdoing.