The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is in the process of investigating a fatal shooting in Jackson County Wednesday morning involving a law enforcement officer and a man described as an “intruder.”
According to Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier, around 12:24 a.m. Wednesday the dispatch center of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report that an ex-husband had broken into a residence located on Monroe Hollow Road in Oak Hill. Deputies were dispatched to the scene, and a police officer from the Oak Hill Police Department also responded.
Upon arrival, law enforcement reportedly made entry into the residence. Frazier said the intruder was shot and later pronounced dead at the scene.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office turned over the investigation to BCI. On Wednesday afternoon, Jill del Greco, Public Information Officer for the office of Attorney General Mike DeWine said the investigation is just getting underway.
“The sheriff requested that agents with our Special Investigations Unit come out and handle that investigation and as an independent third party, which is very common in officer-involved shootings, for an independent agency like BCI to come in and handle an investigation of this nature, especially with smaller agencies that don’t have their own internal affairs unit,” del Greco said. “So we are investigating and our Crime Scene Units also responded overnight to gather evidence from the scene. We’ve got agents who are following up on the investigation.”
del Greco said BCI’s involvement is to determine the facts of the actual shooting incident not what led up to the shooting. She did say it began when officers were called to a domestic violence incident.
“I can confirm that there were three officers who were on scene – two deputies from the (Jackson County) Sheriff’s office as well as an officer from Oak Hill,” del Greco said. “We don’t release names of people who are under investigation unless charges are filed.”
She said the name of the person who was shot would have to come from the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. The Daily Times enquired of the coroner’s office to be provided with the name of the victim and was told they would have to call the Times back.
“When you’ve got a case where someone has been killed, generally we won’t finalize our investigation until the final autopsy results are in, and that takes several weeks or months,” del greco said. “So once those results are in, if we’ve got most of the investigation done at that point, that’s when we would turn the findings over to the prosecutor.”
She said, with follow-up investigations, it could take longer.
“But this is not going to be an investigation that is going to be completed in two weeks,” del Greco said.
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