CELINA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Mercer County Grand Jury has decided not to indict the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who fatally shot 22-year-old Justin McHenry on Nov. 29, 2015, according to a press release from Matthew Fox, Mercer County Prosecutor.
Officials say McHenry parked his 1991 Chevrolet S-10 near the area of Main and Livingston Streets and walked over to Trooper Brandon Chaney’s patrol car.
According to Chaney, McHenry became confrontational and ordered him out of the patrol car. Chaney got out of his vehicle to deal with the suspect when he said the suspect pulled out a gun.
In an attempt to disarm the suspect, gunfire was exchanged. The suspect was hit by rounds from the trooper’s gun.
McHenry was taken to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater and was later airlifted to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. There, he was pronounced dead.
“After considering the testimony of the witness and the evidence presented, the grand jury found and held that the actions of Justin D. McHenry towards trooper Brandon Chaney presented the imminent threat of serious physical harm or death toward Brandon Chaney,” according to the release.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it’s not clear why McHenry confronted the trooper.
According to Celina Municipal Court records, McHenry had two previous run-ins with troopers. In 2012 and 2014, he was pulled over by troopers for driving while intoxicated.