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Jury rules force appropriate in Paul E. Schenck death

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On Monday, Dec. 30, a Greene County Grand Jury found no indictments against the law enforcement officer who was identified as having shot and killed villager Paul E. Schenck in July. The jury reviewed a comprehensive report of the incident from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and examined six witnesses, ultimately finding that the “use of force was appropriate in this case,” according to the jury’s report.

The officer in question is Greene County Sheriff Deputy James Hughes, one of two precision riflemen of the Greene County Regional SWAT team.

While the BCI only investigates criminal cases, the Montgomery County Sheriff is still investigating potential procedural wrongdoing during the incident, according to BCI spokesperson Jill DelGreco.

On the night of July 30 several Yellow Springs police officers responded to a domestic dispute at Schenck’s home. When they arrived, Schenck became agitated and began shooting out of his home, firing a total of 191 rounds throughout the night. After a four-hour standoff that included 80 officers from 17 law enforcement agencies around Greene County, police shot and killed Schenck in his home.

A more detailed story about the jury’s finding and mental health issues will follow in next week’s News.

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