UPDATE:Grand jury clears deputy in Gallia County shooting

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GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/22/20 12:10 P.M.

A grand jury has cleared a Gallia County sheriff’s deputy of wrongdoing in an October 2019 shooting on Route 7 near the Kanagua rest area, authorities said.

Jurors did not return an indictment after hearing evidence in the case on Thursday, Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holden said.

The shooting happened about 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 30.

Sheriff Matt Champlin said officers were called to investigate a breaking and entering, and the deputy fired at least one shot after making e contact with several people inside the residence.

One person was hospitalized and several others being taken into custody. No officers were injured.

The officer, who was not identified, was placed on administrative leave, and the shooting was investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A special prosecutor from Attorney General David Yost’s office was later appointed to the case.


A Gallia County sheriff's deputy was involved in an officer-involved shooting early Wednesday morning, according to a release from Sheriff Matt Champlin.

Around 4:45 a.m., officers were called to a breaking and entering on the 1800-block of Route 7 near the Kanagua rest area.

According to Champlin, that's when officers made contact with several individuals inside the residence and at least one shot was fired by a deputy.

One person was in stable condition after being taken to Holzer Medical Center. Several others were taken into custody.

No officers were injured in the encounter.

The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into the incident.