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Colerain Twp. approves use of rifles

By Joe Danneman - bio | email

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Colerain Township trustees have voted unanimously to allow the police department to purchase 15 tactical rifles.

It will cost the department about $15,000, most of which will come from trading in old equipment.

"We have a 2,300 person school at Colerain and we have a 1,300 person school at Northwest High School and we pray and hope that nothing ever happens, but we want to be prepared in the event that something does happen that we can respond appropriately," said Colerain Township Police Chief Dan Meloy.

Chief Meloy says officers currently carry handguns, but he first approached township trustees about these rifles this past winter after he says some of his officers came face-to-face with a suspect armed with an AK-47.

That suspect was Timothy Sturgell, who is accused of murdering three relatives in their Colerain Township home.

"These are police officers putting themselves at risk every day and my job is that they have the tools necessary to do that," said Meloy.

Several local police departments use similar rifles.

It could take up to a year to purchase the rifles and train officers how to use them.

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