Ex-football star sues police after run in with Kettering man

Jim Stillwagon. (Photo/Delaware Co. Jail)
Jim Stillwagon. (Photo/Delaware Co. Jail)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Former Ohio State football star Jim Stillwagon has filed a federal lawsuit against police who arrested him after an alleged road rage incident two years ago.

Stillwagon was acquitted last fall on all charges stemming from the September 2012 incident in Delaware in central Ohio.

The other driver involved was a Kettering man, Richard Mattingly who spoke out exclusively with 2 NEWS at the time.

Investigators alleged that Mattingly was grazed by a bullet when Stillwagon fired at him. Stillwagon had been riding a motorcycle.

Stillwater said he shot out a tire on the truck to disable it after the driver repeatedly tried to attack him, then hit the driver in the head with his gun.

Mattingly told 2 NEWS he was lucky to be alive.

“I tried to say I’m sorry. My truck is not functioning. I’m not trying to mess with you. I’m really not,” said Mattingly.

Stillwagon’s lawsuit alleges police altered facts and suppressed and destroyed evidence in an effort to prosecute him.

A Delaware city spokesman declined to comment.

Stillwagon was on Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team.

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