Report points to “improper conduct” by fired major

(XENIA, Ohio) – A 178 page report prepared by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office may explain why a long time major at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office was fired.  The report from investigators accuses Eric Spicer of improper conduct the night of a deadly standoff in Yellow Springs.

Spicer was put on paid administrative leave July 31, 2013 after Paul Schenck was killed in a shootout with police in Yellow Springs.   The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office prepared a report about Spicer’s conduct during the incident at the request of Sheriff  Gene Fischer.

As a result of interviews with officers from Beavercreek, Xenia, Greene County, Clark County, Yellow Springs, and two separate interviews with Spicer himself, the sergeant who prepared the report stated Eric Spicer showed improper conduct in a number of ways.

It indicates he failed to organize and create a staging and command area, failed to report he’d fired a gun to a supervisor right away, and failed to communicate his actions that night.  The report goes on to say he deleted the report for the incident in Yellow Springs from the computer system shared by law enforcement agencies in Greene County.

However, Sheriff Fischer told 2 NEWS Investigates  there is a hard copy of the incident report, so it does exist.  Fischer still won’t say if he fired Eric Spicer because of what happened in Yellow Springs last July.  He told 2 NEWS Investigates he has been advised by legal counsel not to comment at this time.  Spicer has sought legal counsel as well.

There have been no criminal charges filed in this case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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