PERRYSBURG — A Carey police officer was recently honored by Owens Community College’s Alumni Association for his actions following a fatal shooting last year.
Sutton A. Flick, of Findlay, was presented the “Outstanding Police Award.”
On the night of Nov. 1, Flick was on patrol in Carey when the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a shooting at the Carey Conservation Club.
Flick was the first officer at the scene, and several witnesses told him at least two people were dead and the male suspect was barricaded inside the clubhouse. Flick headed toward the clubhouse when he was told by witnesses inside that the suspect was coming out.
Flick positioned himself to cover two exit doors with his weapon drawn. The suspect left the club, still holding a pistol. Flick confronted the suspect and ordered him to drop the weapon. He hesitated, but then tossed his pistol. Flick ordered him to the ground and secured him with handcuffs.
Flick was nominated by Carey Police Chief Daniel Walter for his professionalism and bravery for his response to the situation.
The suspect, Richard L. Clark Jr., 65, rural Tiffin, eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated murder for fatally shooting Roger Fredritz, 49, of rural Carey, and Cynthia Hawkinberry, 49, of rural Tiffin.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 7.
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