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St. Marys man may use insanity defense over police incident

August 24. 2013 8:21PM
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ST. MARYS — A judge has ordered a man shot by police after he threatened officers to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Brad L. Scheer entered a plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity this week to the charge of aggravated menacing. He was ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial and his mental status at the time of the alleged crime.

He is being held on a $50,000 bond but can post 10 percent of that to be released. Should he come up with bond, the judge ordered Scheer to not consume alcohol and not possess any type of gun, even a toy gun that would have the appearance of a real gun.

Scheer was shot a week ago after calling 911, threatening to shoot officers who might come to his home. The dispatcher sent officers to the home, and Scheer walked out the door holding what appeared to be a rifle. It later turned out to be a pellet gun, St. Marys Interim Police Chief Tim Eberle said.

A St. Marys Police officer and an Auglaize County Sheriff’s deputy fired at Scheer when he raised the long gun. He was struck at least once, but the wound was not life threatening, Eberle said.

The officers are on paid administrative leave, but the head of each agency said they did nothing wrong. A state police agency has been called in to conduct the criminal investigation, a matter of policy since it involved officers.

Scheer has a history of alcohol crimes and previous episodes of handling weapons while intoxicated, according to police and court records.

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