Man facing child porn charges attempted ‘suicide by cop,’ Butler County sheriff says

Miami Valley News

ROSS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A man facing child pornography charges after being shot by a deputy wanted police officers to shoot him, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office said it executed a search warrant with Homeland Security Monday on the 4200 block of Jennifer Drive in Ross Township.

During the execution of the search warrant, the suspect was shot by deputy Ricky Phillips, an eight-year veteran with the department, after pulling out a gun on authorities.

“It appears his intention was to have police officers shoot him,” Jones said during a press briefing Tuesday.

The man was transported by Ross Township EMS to Fort Hamilton hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He later admitted he attempted “suicide by cop,” the sheriff said.

He was treated and released to the custody of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect was interviewed and confessed to possession of child pornography as well as sending and receiving child pornography images and videos.

He was placed in the Butler County Jail on the following charges:

  • Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material/Performance (three counts)
  • Felonious Assault

The sheriff’s office said in a release that information discovered during the interview indicated that the man believed he was under investigation and prepared for a confrontation with investigators by purchasing a firearm recently.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office said this is an ongoing investigation and more charges are likely to presented.

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