April 3, 2013
LIMA — The man shot during the stabbing of Lima police officer is out of the hospital and in a jail cell.
John Heffner, 41, is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing at 2 p.m. today in Lima Municipal Court. He is charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.
At the hearing, a judge will set bond and schedule a date for a preliminary hearing. Heffner will not enter a plea to the charge. Pleas in felony cases are entered at arraignments in common pleas court.
Heffner was shot twice during the incident March 27 outside the front entrance of the Lima Police Department.
A detective has interviewed Heffner, but Lima Police Lt. Jim Baker said he cannot release details of the interview.
Police said Heffner was suicidal and wanted to use an encounter with an officer to end his life, a phenomenon known as “suicide by cop.”
Heffner showed at the Lima Police Department and summoned two officers outside. When they opened the door, he charged them from the street, about 40-feet away. He closed quickly on them enough to stab Sgt. Dave Gillispie in the head with a screwdriver before Gillispie could stop him with his gun. Heffner also was holding a long stick, police said.
Gillispie was slashed across the side of his head and treated for the wound. He was released that evening. He is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation which is standard procedure anytime an officer shoots someone.
Heffner was released Tuesday evening from St. Rita’s Medical Center and booked into Allen County Jail at 7 p.m. Tuesday.