Officer-involved shooting leaves one dead in Ross Township
Ian Preuth, Ian.Preuth@wcpo.com , Deb Silverman
10:32 AM, Nov 23, 2011
6:36 PM, Nov 23, 2011
ROSS, Ohio - An investigation continues Wednesday after a man was shot and killed by police in Ross Township.
Police were called to a home in the 2400 block of School Road for a domestic violence call just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
When officers arrived, they could see Michael Snader, Jr., 33, and a woman through a window. Snader was armed with a long gun, according to police.
As officers approached the home, Snader went into the garage with the gun. Officers repeatedly told Snader to drop the weapon, but he refused and pointed the gun at officers. One of the officers then fired several shots through the garage door, hitting Snader. He was pronounced dead at the home, according to police.
During the 911 call, a man's voice, believed to be that of Snader, is heard in the background threatening to use a firearm against two family members of the female caller's family, who were en-route to the residence, according to police.
Ross Township police have turned over the investigation to the Butler County Sheriff's Office and coroner's office.
"It's always a good idea to have an independent set of eyes look into a matter as significant as this," said Sheriff Jones. "Police officers are always faced with the possibility of taking actions that have major consequences. My office is certainly willing to step in whenever and wherever assistance is needed."
Following standard procedure, Officer Gary Vaughn was placed on temporary administrative leave, pending the investigation.
Ross Township Police Chief Ben Kramer says it appears that his officers acted appropriately and within guidelines.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Police have not released any other information at this time.
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