Ohio man who stole cruiser shot and killed after a standoff www.privateofficer.com
Knox County OH May 9 2012 A man who stole a Knox County sheriff’s office cruiser last night was shot and killed after a standoff with a Morrow County deputy.
William E. Myers, 51, of Centerburg, stole the cruiser in Centerburg around 10 p.m. yesterday, said Morrow County Sheriff Steven Brenneman.
The vehicle was spotted by a Delaware County deputy a short time later in the McDonald’s drive-through in Sunbury, a Delaware County sheriff’s office spokeswoman said. Myers fled, and the deputy pursued him, but lost the stolen cruiser on Rt. 656 and County Road 15, just outside Sparta in Morrow County.
Morrow County Deputy Clifford O’Connor then encountered the cruiser just before midnight in a church parking lot on Rt. 314 in Sparta., armed with a patrol rifle from the Knox County cruiser. The deputy ordered Myers to drop the weapon, but he refused and approached O’Connor, who then took cover behind his vehicle.
“He got close enough, our officer felt endangered and shot,” Brenneman said.
Brenneman did not know how man times Myers was hit. O’Connor began performing first aid, as assistance from several agencies arrived. He was transported to and later died at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, he said.
An autopsy will be performed by the Licking County coroner’s office today.
Brenneman said the deputy, who has only been with the office for eight months, is shaken up, but unharmed.
Most of the man’s travels appears to have been in Knox and Delaware counties, Brenneman said.
“We just came in on the tail end and ended it,” he said.
Brenneman said it was unclear how and why the man took the Knox County cruiser. That is being investigated by the Knox County sheriff’s office, which did not immediately return calls for comment.