ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — A detective and deputy who encountered a gunman Thursday and subsequently shot him were not wearing department-issued body cameras.
Christopher Mills, 37, was shot by police after he shot his way into the home of his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children, according to authorities. Mills went into the home in the 1900 block of East 39th Street armed with a shotgun, handgun, knife and wearing a bullet proof vest, Sheriff William Johnson said.
Mills didn't listen to commands of deputies and he was shot and killed, Johnson said.
Body camera footage from the confrontation was requested, but Johnson said there is none. A detective and deputy who entered the home, one of whom was off-duty, have department-issued body cameras but they didn't have them, Johnson said.
A third deputy, who was on-duty, was wearing a body camera but he was outside securing the area and his camera didn't capture what happened, Johnson said.
"They were the closest units," Johnson said.
The case and any evidence associated with it was turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Johnson said.
"Whatever they need they will get from us," Johnson said.
The Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office has around 27 body cameras which authorities first started using in late 2018 and early 2019.
The cameras came into use after former Sgt. James Truckey was fired from the office and convicted on an assault charge for punching a handcuffed man in an incident that was caught on the body camera of a Jefferson police officer.
Steve Irwin, a spokesperson for the Ohio BCI, said the agency was requested to process the crime scene and conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
"We do not have any additional details to share at this time," Irwin said. "The report will likely not be completed for several months."