Prosecutor: Officers acted properly in shooting suspect

Standoff in South Lebanon ends with officers shooting suspect. (Photo/WLWT-TV)
Standoff in South Lebanon ends with officers shooting suspect. (Photo/WLWT-TV)

SOUTH LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Warren County prosecutor ruled that officers acted appropriately in the use of deadly force to end an April standoff.

Prosecutor David Fornshell confirmed the ruling in a letter to Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims.

Warren Gary Cook, 56, was shot and killed by members of the Tactical Response Team after a two hour standoff on April 21, 2014.

Officers were called to the 4000 block of Lebanon Road to serve a civil protection order against Cook.

Cook donned a bulletproof vest when he saw police and grabbed a shotgun. The prosecutors say he made various threats against officers.

Investigators say Cook ultimately raised his shotgun toward officers who fired five shots at Cook, striking him twice.

Fornshell concluded that Cook placed the officers and others at the scene in immediate danger. 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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