BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A Butler Township police officer is under investigation after accidentally discharging his weapon into a 19-year-old’s car following an attempted traffic stop.
Police say that Russel D. Higgins III was seen driving a 2012 dark gray Dodge Charger in a “reckless manner” in the area of Benchwood and North Dixie Drive. He then tried to elude the officer when a traffic stop was attempted.
Initial investigation shows that once Higgins stopped his car in the Petland parking lot on York Commons Boulevard, the officer saw that all the windows were blacked out, making it impossible for the officer to see or identify the driver.
While giving multiple commands for Higgins to turn off the car and roll down the window, the officer drew his service weapon and repeated his commands. At this time, the officer accidentally discharged his weapon, firing a round through the driver’s side window and into the vehicle.
Higgins was not hit by the bullet and was taken into custody. He is charged with reckless operation, fleeing and eluding, among other violations. Police say that possible additional criminal and traffic charges are pending at this time.
2 NEWS was first made aware of the incident by Higgins’ mother:
The incident remains under investigation.
The accidental discharge by the officer is currently under Administrative Review. The officer’s identity has not yet been released.