Sheriff’s major involved in shootout released from duties

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) -A Greene County sheriff’s major has been released from the department.

Officials have confirmed Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer terminated Major Eric Spicer Thursday. The move comes within days of the sheriff receiving the findings of an internal investigation conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, at the request of Sheriff Fischer.

Spicer has been on paid administrative leave since a July 2013 officer-involved shooting that left a Yellow Springs man dead.  Paul Schenck, 42, was shot and killed during a shootout with authorities in what began as a domestic disturbance between Schenck and his son in their Yellow Springs home.

Deputy James Hughes was also placed on paid administrative leave following Schenck’s death.  A preliminary investigation determined it was Hughes and Spicer who fired their weapons back at Schenck during the shootout.

Investigators requested the assistance of the Ohio Attorney General’s office and Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

In November 2013,  Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the conclusion of its investigation  and presented its findings to the grand jury in Greene County, as standard procedure.

In December 2013,  the grand jury announced no indictments would be made in the case. A document obtained by 2 NEWS confirms the grand jury found Deputy Hughes’s use of force appropriate.

Spicer confirmed he is no longer with the department Thursday and plans to release a statement Monday.

2 NEWS Investigates found through a public records search that Spicer made $87,484.660 last year.

2 NEWS Investigates spoke with Greene County Commissioner Tom Koogler about the firing of Major Spicer.  He said because the sheriff is an elected official he answers to the voters, not to the commission.  Koogler said Sheriff Fischer can hire and fire people as he sees fit.  Koogler was aware of the two reports, one from the AG’s office and one out of Montgomery County, but he said he had not seen them himself.

When asked about the money Spicer was paid while on leave, Koogler said Spicer is entitled to due process.

 

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