Police ID officer, suspect in fatal shooting

ROSS TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Ross Township Police have identified the suspect who died after an officer-involved shooting.

Just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, officers responded to a home in the 2400 block of School Road for a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, officers spotted a male and female through a window, with the male possessing a long gun. When officers approached the home, they observed the male going through a doorway, still armed, and into a garage.

Officers ordered the male to drop the gun, but instead, he pointed it at officers. That officer fired his weapon through the garage door, hitting and killing the suspect.

The suspect has been identified as Michael Snader Jr., 33, of Ross Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer involved in the shooting, Gary Vaughn, 51, has been placed on temporary administrative leave. Vaughn has been a police officer since 1982 and with the Ross Township Police Department for the last six years.

"From what I have learned so far, it certainly appears that my officer reacted appropriately and within our operating guidelines," said Ross Township Police Chief Ben Kramer. "It's not something you ever want to happen, but you know, as a police officer, you can face difficult decisions and actions at any time."

In a 911 call from the female at the home, a male voice, believed to be Snader's, is heard in the background threatening to use a firearm against two members of the caller's family, who were en-route to the residence.

The Ross Township Police Department continues to investigate the incident, with assistance from the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

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