CLEARCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The Clearcreek Township Police Department released dash camera footage of Tuesday night’s officer-involved shooting.
The incident happened in the 5900 block of North State Route 48, police said. Clearcreek Township Police Chief John Terrill told 2 NEWS crews on scene that two officers, identified as Officer Eric Ney and Sgt. Nicole Cordero, went to a home for a domestic violence call.
According to police, the suspect, 65-year-old Mark Evers, was reportedly ramming his wife’s car with an ATV. Terrill said this was not the first time officers had been called to this home. Police estimate that Officer Ney and Sgt. Cordero were on scene for roughly an hour talking with Evers over the phone after he fled into nearby woods. Evers agreed to come back to the house if officers agreed to stay 10 feet away from him.
Once Evers arrived back home, he agreed to fill out a report and allowed Sgt. Cordero to approach him at his ATV. During the encounter, dash camera footage shows Sgt. Cordero asking Evers to turn off his ATV and to get off. He refused to, and then Sgt. Cordero demanded he put away a firearm. Police say Evers then fired multiple shots, striking Officer Ney in the head, who fell immediately to the ground. Sgt. Cordero returned fire. Evers was pronounced dead on scene.
Chief Terrill couldn’t comment on how many times Officer Ney or Evers were wounded. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Evers appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and another gunshot wound to his torso, both appearing to be fatal.
Evers’ body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for autopsy and the cause of death is still being determined.
Chief Terrill said officers have responded to the Evers’ residence several times for domestic violence or disturbance calls.
Chief Terrill said Officer Ney was up and walking as of Thursday morning and was able to brush his teeth, but has a long road of recovery ahead of him.