Sheriff: Officer's actions appropriate in fatal shooting

ROSS TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Butler County Sheriff's Office has released its findings of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred in Ross Township last month.

Sheriff Richard K. Jones says Officer Gary Vaughn acted appropriately when he shot and killed Michael Snader Jr. on Nov. 22.

"Thirteen shots were fired, eight striking the suspect. Under those circumstances, Law Enforcement officers are trained to continue shooting until the threat is neutralized," said Jones. "When you point a firearm at a law enforcement officer, the outcome is almost certainly going to be tragic."

Police responded to an active domestic violence call involving Snader, who was armed with a 'long gun.'

Officers ordered Snader to drop the gun, but instead, he pointed it at officers. That's when Vaughn, a 29-year veteran police officer, fired his weapon through the garage door, hitting and killing Snader.

Sheriff Jones said his office has completed its investigation, and the case will now go to the Butler County Prosecutor's Office.

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