Police shoot and kill hit-and-run driver after he aims BB gun at officers

Police shoot and kill hit-and-run driver after he aims BB gun at officers

WADSWORTH, Ohio (WOIO) - State and local law enforcement officers are continuing the investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting in the parking lot of Wadsworth City Hall.

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Wadsworth police, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, county coroner, and other officials detailed the incident during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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According to Wadsworth Chief of Police Randall Reinke, the subject, later identified as 26-year-old Guy Thomas Barnard, raised a weapon and pointed it at officers. Police shot at Barnard, striking him six times.

The weapon Barnard possessed turned out to be a BB gun, investigators say.

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The incident started when 911 dispatchers received a report of a crash within Wadsworth boundaries.

Here’s a timeline of events, according to Wadsworth police:

  • 6:56 p.m. - 911 dispatchers receive call about hit-and-run crash on I-76 near State Route 94
  • 7:13 p.m. - Barnard calls police and admits that he was the driver who caused he hit-and-run crash
  • 7:44 p.m. - Police receive another call from woman reporting that her granddaughter saw a social media post from a “Guy Faraday” who wrote that he wanted to commit suicide by cop
  • 7:49 p.m. - Wadsworth police notify Medina County Sheriff’s Office about “Faraday’s”
  • 7:52 p.m. - Wadsworth police call woman back in an attempt to locate “Faraday”
  • 7:55 p.m. - Medina County Sheriff’s Office learn that “Faraday” could be in Lodi area
  • 7:59 p.m. - Barnard calls police again and says he is in the parking lot, armed with a gun
  • 8 p.m. - Wadsworth police and Medina County deputies dispatched to parking lot
  • 8:02 p.m. - Wadsworth police arrive to the parking lot
  • 8:08 p.m. - Wadsworth paramedics stage nearby
  • 8:24 p.m. - SWAT team arrives to scene
  • 8:30 p.m. - Police observe what appears to be gun in Barnard’s waistband
  • 8:33 p.m. - Officers fire at Barnard after he raises the BB gun in the air, then aims it in the direction of officers
  • 8:34 p.m. - Paramedics respond to parking lot and try to provide medical attention to Barnard

Chief Reinke said the BB gun looked like a real firearm.

Barnard’s six gunshot wounds would eventually turn deadly.

Twelve people are on administrative leave.

Six of them are Wadsworth officers.

“For the city the size of Wadsworth that’s a huge impact on us,” the chief said.

He has 30 officers total. The six that are out make up 20 percent the force.

The chief says that means there will be a lot of holes to fill in the coming days.

In addition to that, four sheriff’s deputies and two dispatchers are also on leave.

Barnard was known to law enforcement. In 2012, he made a bomb threat at Wadsworth High School and was arrested for inducing panic.

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