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Deadly force investigation: Panel reviews Deputy shooting of young woman
BOONE COUNTY, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- A petition circulated on Facebook calls for a new law banning investigations of deadly police shootings from taking place in-house.
Backers want to name the law after Samantha Ramsey. A Boone County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed the 19-year-old pre-school teacher in April. The Boone County Sheriff and Commonwealth's Attorney agree on that independent review. In a story you'll see only on Local 12 News, Deborah Dixon tells the review is going on right now.
Cruiser cam video shows a piece of what happened before Deputy Tyler Brockman, a decorated officer with a masters in criminology, shoots and kills Samantha Ramsey in her car.
Right now some people in Boone County feel like Matt who says there needs to be outside help on this case. If not, he thinks Boone County is going to protect their own.
A panel of veteran investigators from three agencies is what was agreed upon. The panel of investigators with no ties to anyone in the Boone County Sheriffs Office, and they are already at work.
Linda Tally-Smith, Boone County Commonweath's Attorney, said the panel is reviewing the investigation as it is being conducted and offering suggestions and asking questions.
Some of what they are reviewing is Deputy Brockman's statement. What he says happened outside the police cruiser camera's view. Brockman said when Ramsey pulled out of the field she was so close it nearly pinned him to his car. He pounded on the window but she didn't stop. Brockman says when she made a sharp turn he had no choice but to get on the hood of the car. He was holding on to it as the car sped up. He said he thought he was going to die when he fired through the windshield.
His statement, and what eyewitnesses saw and heard, will end up before a Boone County Grand Jury. Part of the investigation has to do with tactical decisions, such as was there a way to avoid the deadly encounter? It will be up to the Grand Jury, 12 citizens of Boone County to decide if the shooting is justified, or if it's a crime.
Local 12 contacted Samantha's mother who directed us to her attorney. He said he does not comment on pending cases.
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