SWAT killing probe continues

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com

LIMA — A detective with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, selected by the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association to oversee the investigation into the Thursday fatal shooting at a Lima residence by a member of the Allen County SWAT team, said Tuesday that investigators have no new information surrounding the case.

Wood County Detective Lt. Jamie Webb said Tuesday that officers from that county’s sheriff’s office “have no updates at this time” and are continuing their investigation.

Keith Burkholder, 57, of 218 W. Michigan Ave., Lima, was shot and killed during the raid carried out by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and West Central Ohio Crime Task Force at his residence.

Authorities have yet to reveal the name of the officer involved in that shooting. Two SWAT team officers, both unnamed, have been place on paid administrative leave by Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia in what authorities said is standard department policy.

During a news conference the morning after the shooting, Treglia said undercover agents had purchased illegal drugs — later confirmed to be fentanyl — from individuals in the West Michigan Avenue home. A search warrant subsequently was obtained for the residence and was executed at about 8:40 a.m. Thursday.

Treglia said that when officers entered the home an adult male — later identified as Burkholder — “confronted the SWAT team with a firearm inside the residence. Gunfire was exchanged and the suspect subsequently died.” An unnamed adult female and a minor child were removed from the home safely by officers.

The sheriff said items were removed from inside the residence, including multiple firearms, suspected fentanyl, suspected heroin, synthetic marijuana and U.S. currency.

By J Swygart


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