Hockingport Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

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HOCKINGPORT, Ohio — An Athens County man was shot and killed by law enforcement after reportedly firing on officers investigating a domestic dispute.

Chad Nicolia, 41, of Hockingport, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release from Sheriff Rodney Smith.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office received a report about the dispute between Nicolia and his wife in Hockingport Wednesday around 7:30 p.m.

Deputies met with the woman on State Route 124 and accompanied her to their residence at 108 Jetstar Drive to retrieve her property.

Nicolia allegedly pointed a firearm at them when they entered the home but allowed everyone to exit.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team was called to the scene at around 9:00 p.m. A negotiator attempted for several hours to convince Nicolia to exit peacefully.

However, the sheriff’s office said Nicolia became “increasingly agitated” and began firing at officers.

Deputies ultimately deployed gas inside the home and returned fire.

Nicolia died from a gunshot wound.

This story is ongoing. We will have more information when it becomes available.