One dead in officer-involved shooting in Defiance


    BCI took over the investigation Tuesday (WNWO).

    DEFIANCE, Ohio (WNWO) -- One person is dead after being shot by Defiance police.

    Officers say the suspect was waving a weapon.

    Four officers responded to a disturbance call just before 8 a.m. in the 600 block of Martin Avenue.

    Authorities say the suspect, 58-year-old Alex Johnson, was holding a knife, which led to one officer firing the shot that killed him.

    "We received a complaint of a disturbance upon investigating the disturbance there was an officer-involved shooting, one male suspect is deceased at this time," said Chief Todd Shafer, Defiance Police Department.

    The investigation was turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is standard after an officer-involved shooting.

    BCI didn't release too much information Tuesday, but said someone else in the residence made the initial call to police.

    "A disturbance can relate to multiple things, a disturbance can be an argument between several people, it can be a fight, it can be a domestic violence situation," said Chief Shafer.

    Chief Shafer said this is the city's first officer-involved shooting in more than two decades.

    "I've been with the force for 23 years and this is the first incident we've ever had with an officer involved shooting in the City of Defiance, and prior to that, I mean to the best of my recollection, its been many, many, many years before that."

    The officer that was involved is on paid administrative leave.

    BCI said they are not releasing that officers name because the investigation is still active.

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