LIMA — A Lima Police Department sergeant who shot a man stabbing him with a screwdriver violated no department policies and will return to duty Monday, the department announced Friday afternoon.
Sgt. David Gillispie, an 18-year veteran with the force, has been cleared to return to work Monday, Lima Police Major Tony Swygart announced in a news release.
“The Allen County Prosecutor has reviewed the investigation and determined Sgt. Gillispie acted in self-defense,” Swygart wrote. “The internal investigation has been completed, and Sgt. Gillispie was found to have violated no department policy.”
On March 27, John Heffner, 41, allegedly went to the Lima Police Department and summoned two officers outside while holding a 47-inch long wooden pole and a 12-inch long screwdriver. According to police, Heffner charged at Gillispie and slashed him with the screwdriver. Gillispie fired three shots from his 9 mm service handgun, striking Heffner with two rounds.
Heffner recovered from his wounds and made his first court appearance April 4. The Allen County Grand Jury will consider an indictment against Heffner, who remains in Allen County Jail. He faces charges of felonious assault with a deadly weapon. Police said Heffner may have been attempting “suicide by cop.”
After the incident, the Lima Police Department placed Gillispie on paid administrative leave during the internal investigation, following standard procedure after an officer fires a gun.