ST. MARYS — A man shot during a confrontation with police called 911 in Auglaize County on Wednesday night, saying he would shoot whoever came over, repeating himself twice in a call laced with profanity.
“I’ll shoot whoever comes over,” he said on the 911 call.
The dispatcher responded by asking him what the problem was.
“I said I’m going to shoot the first cop that comes over here,” he said.
Officers were sent to the scene at 601 Derrick St. shortly after 10 p.m. The man, who authorities have refused to identify, left the house holding a weapon. It was not released if that weapon was a gun or knife or another type.
Officers fired on the man. He was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life threatening, according to a written statement from the St. Marys Police Department and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.
A St. Marys police officer and an Auglaize County Sheriff’s deputy have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. That is standard procedure when shots are fired, officials said.
The agencies called the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, a state law enforcement agency that is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, to investigate.
Ohio Attorney General spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said five BCII agents were sent to the scene which included a supervisor, two investigators and two crime scene agents. She said it is typical to call BCII in when a department has an officer involved in a shooting instead of handling the investigation internally.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon and St. Marys Police Chief Greg Foxhoven would not release the name of the man at the home or the two officers involved. Del Greco also refused to identify any of the parties.
“I will not release anything more at this time to protect the integrity of the case,” Solomon said.
The home is owned by Michelle Kayser. She could not be reached for comment Thursday.
During the 911 call, the dispatcher tried to ask the man for a second time to explain his problem.
“I threw trash on the road,” he said.
He said if they can’t pick it up then made an expression that meant the heck with them.
“You want to come over,” he said before hanging up.