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Hunter facing felony assault charge related to weekend shooting of ODNR officer in Clinton County

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 11:30:33-05

WILMINGTON, Ohio — A man who Clinton County Sheriff's deputies said was involved over the weekend in the shooting of an Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer is now facing a felony assault charge.

Brian Liming, 43, was one of three people taken into custody Sunday, Dec. 20, after wildlife investigator Kevin Behr sustained a gunshot wound while investigating a deer poaching complaint in Martinsville.

Clinton County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Brian Prickett said Wednesday Liming subsequently faced a felony assault charge in relation to the shooting.

Behr, a 25-year-veteran of the ODNR, suffered serious injuries but officials said Sunday they did not appear to be life-threatening. No update on Behr's condition was immediately available Wednesday morning.

Prickett said he expects more charges to arise when the case goes before a grand jury at a yet unscheduled time.

Initially, deputies charged Liming with possessing a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony, and hunting without a deer permit and hunting without permission, both misdemeanors. Two others were detained and charged with similar, poaching-related misdemeanors.