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No charges for Fairfield officer who shot, killed man stabbing girlfriend

Posted: 3:12 PM, Jul 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-03 19:12:46Z

FAIRFIELD, OHIO -- The police officer who shot and killed a man as he stabbed his girlfriend to death won't face criminal charges.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser called Officer Bryan Carnes' actions "text book on how the situation should be, and was, handled."

Carnes, a member of the Fairfield Police Department,  fired several shots when he saw 37-year-old Logan A. Williamson stabbing 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry inside a condo June 22.

Williamson died at the scene. Henry died at a hospital.

The two had been dating.

Henry, a mother of three and self-proclaimed "daddy's girl," believed she could "fix" her violent boyfriend, according to her father.

"(She was) full of energy," Raymond Miller said of his daughter. "Full of life. Heart of gold -- loving, caring. Always trying to fix somebody else."

Gmoser said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation had a two-pronged review: one dealing with Carnes' conduct at the scene, and the other, the circumstances related to Henry's death.

 

Gmoser's policy is to refer all officer-involved shootings to the Butler County grand jury. It found there is no reason to bring a criminal charge against Carnes.

"He did his duty and upheld the highest traditions of police conduct to protect and serve," Gmoser said in a statement.

In an interview shortly after his daughter's death, Miller said knew her relationship with Williamson had been violent, but "she really thought she could fix him" despite the overwhelming fear that pervaded the last year of her life. 

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Miller did what he could -- remained close to the situation, spent time with Henry and maintained a presence in her life. The last time he saw her, he kissed her on the cheek and told her that he loved her.

She would be dead 48 hours later.

"Death I can accept," he said. "It's the way she died that I can't accept."

Miller, heartbroken, said he hopes his daughter's story will be the push other victims of domestic violence need to realize what she struggled to understand: Abusers seldom change and violent relationships never improve for good.

Gmoser echoed that message, encouraging abuse survivors to seek protection through the courts and pointing out the control abusers often exert over their victims.

"If anything positive can be learned from this horrific case, it is the importance of following through and involving the court system when abusers strike," his statement said.

If you or someone you know is involved in an abusive relationship, Women Helping Women and the YWCA both provide local resources and safe places for victims to stay. Abuse victims of any gender can reach out to both.