Man killed, of­fi­cer shot dur­ing stand­off

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - COLUM­BUS

A man died and a Bar­ber­ton po­lice of­fi­cer was hos­pi­tal­ized Fri­day af­ter a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence call that led to an eight-hour SWAT stand­off in New Franklin.

Charles Cook, 48, died Fri­day af­ter he was shot at a home, ac­cord­ing to the Sum­mit County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice.

New Franklin po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded about 7 p.m. Thurs­day for a call about a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

Cook bar­ri­caded him­self with a loaded gun in­side a bed­room. Af­ter three hours of ask­ing Cook to come out, of­fi­cers around 10 p.m. called in the Bar­ber­ton area SWAT team, com­posed of of­fi­cers from New Franklin, Nor­ton and Bar­ber­ton.

Of­fi­cers con­tin­ued to talk with Cook, who re­fused to sur­ren­der. Around 3 a.m., Cook fired gun­shots through the door and struck a Bar­ber­ton po­lice of­fi­cer in both legs. SWAT mem­bers re­turned fire and shot Cook. Tac­ti­cal medics treated both Cook and the of­fi­cer at the scene, where Cook was pro­nounced dead.

Of­fi­cer Bran­don Wat­son, 36, un­der­went surgery and was in sta­ble con­di­tion.

A lawyer for an Ohio doc­tor un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in con­nec­tion with dozens of hospi­tal deaths says they’re wait­ing to re­ceive records from the hospi­tal as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties re­view the mat­ter.

At­tor­ney Richard Blake said Fri­day it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate for him to dis­cuss de­tails about Dr. Wil­liam Husel’s sit­u­a­tion.

The Colum­bus-area Mount Carmel Health Sys­tem says it found the in­ten­sive care doc­tor or­dered po­ten­tially fa­tal doses of pain medicine for at least 28 pa­tients. Husel was fired in De­cem­ber.

Some fam­i­lies are ques­tion­ing whether hospi­tal em­ploy­ees wrongly used drugs to has­ten pa­tients’ deaths. Husel and the hospi­tal face at least 14 wrong­ful-death law­suits, in­clud­ing one filed Thurs­day over the Fe­bru­ary 2015 death of 75-year-old Emma Bo­gan.

Mount Carmel pub­licly apol­o­gized and put 23 other em­ploy­ees on leave.

Cleve­land Po­lice Pa­trol­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Jeff Follmer said the con­vic­tion was ex­tor­tion-re­lated from more than a decade ago, but was un­sure of the ex­act charge or cir­cum­stances.

Follmer said the FBI no­ti­fied the po­lice depart­ment about the prior con­vic­tion.

Sim­mons did not dis­close the con­vic­tion in his ap­pli­ca­tion, the city said. Sim­mons grad­u­ated from the po­lice academy Jan. 18.

He was on pro­ba­tion­ary sta­tus on ba­sic pa­trol un­til Fri­day, when In­ter­nal Af­fairs launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Sim­mons’ back­ground, the city said. on it, The Colum­bus Dis­patch re­ports.

Hick­man, 64, is a mem­ber of the PCH VIP Elite loy­alty pro­gram, in­di­cat­ing he en­ters the sweep­stakes fre­quently. His ad­vice to other sweep­stakes play­ers who have en­tered and haven’t won yet: “Keep en­ter­ing. Per­sis­tence pays off.”

What will he do with the $1 mil­lion? Af­ter pay­ing taxes on the cash, Hick­man plans to take a va­ca­tion to Aus­tralia and buy his dream car.

Hick­man is the sec­ond Colum­bus win­ner in as many years for the New York-based di­rect mar­ket­ing com­pany best known for the sweep­stakes and Prize Pa­trol that pro­mote mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tions.


Howard Hick­man of Pick­er­ing­ton won $1 mil­lion last week from Pub­lish­ers Clear­ing House.

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