Wrongfully accused man in Newscomerstown police shooting reportedly considering lawsuit

Wrongfully accused man in Newscomerstown police shooting reportedly considering lawsuit

NEWCOMERSTOWN, OH (WOIO) - The man that was wrongfully accused as a suspect connected to a police shooting in Newcomerstown is considered filing a lawsuit against police, according to the Associated Press.

Chaz Gillilan was wrongly named in a statewide alert on April 11 from the Ohio Attorney General's Office as one of two suspects that allegedly shot Newcomerstown Police Officer Bryan Eubanks during a traffic stop. Eventually, Eubanks admitted that he fabricated the story about Gillilan opening fire.

Eubanks initially said he was investigating a possible mobile meth lab in a black Geo Tracker. He then claimed he pursued the suspect's vehicle after one of the occupants shot him in the arm.

Eubanks later came forward and said that he made up the story after he shot himself in the arm during a failed suicide attempt.

The man said being falsely identified as the suspect caused turmoil for his family. Gillilan claims people are looking at him more suspiciously and questioning him more since the incident.

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