2 Ohio men shot dead by police after earlier security incident in remote area, sheriff’s office says


Around 9 a.m. Saturday, two men were killed following a call about a shooting at a property Friday night, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jay Sheffer said.

No police officers were injured, Sheffer told reporters during brief remarks.

Knox County resident Molly Mayne took photos of SWAT vehicles in the area and told CNN she heard gunshots shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police did not provide details of what led to the shooting involving an officer. Sheffer said other than the two men who were shot, one person was “safely removed from a residence before the shooting occurred.” He said that after the shooting, “another person was safely evacuated from the residence.”

On Saturday, the Knox County Emergency Management Agency advised local residents on Facebook to shelter in place after the “shots fired” call.

“Residents may see helicopters and law enforcement vehicles in the area,” the 7:30 a.m. advisory read. “Stay indoors, close and lock doors and windows. All persons are asked to avoid the area until further notice.”

A second notice at 10 a.m. said police were working to secure the property, adding: ‘Residents are no longer advised to shelter in place but still asked to avoid the area.

CNN has contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is investigating the shooting involving an officer.

About 60,000 people live in Knox County, Ohio, according to the US Census. The county is about an hour’s drive from Columbus and is predominantly rural with agriculture listed as the region’s largest employer.

Sheffer said it had been “many, many years” since the area had faced a shooting involving an officer, adding that it was the first incident since he had been employed by the county in 2013.

CNN’s Sharif Paget and Alex Medieros contributed to this report.


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