Ohio Sheriff Defends Officers’ Actions In Standoff

SOUTH LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A sheriff says deputies were repeatedly threatened by an armed man who barricaded himself inside a southwest Ohio home before officers fatally shot him.

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims told reporters Tuesday that 56-year-old Gary Cook had been drinking and was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Deputies had come to the South Lebanon home — northeast of Cincinnati — at about 5:15 p.m. Monday to serve Cook with a restraining order because of domestic violence.

According to WLWT-TV ( ), Sims told reporters that Cook refused to come out. At around 10 p.m., Sims said Cook was seen bringing a shotgun up in an aiming fashion. He says that’s when officers engaged.

Cook was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.


Information from: WLWT-TV,



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