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MANSFIELD -- A Richland County Grand Jury has determined justifiable force was used by Shelby Police in a March shooting incident.

The announcement was made via a press release issued Monday afternoon by Richland County Prosecutor Gary Bishop.

Shelby Police Chief Lance Combs declined to comment when contacted by Richland Source on Monday afternoon.

Below is the press release Bishop issued in its entirety.

Prosecuting Attorney Gary Bishop and Shelby Police Chief Lance Combs report that the officer-involved shooting incident of March 16, 2021, in which Travis Hadley was wounded has been determined to constitute a justifiable use of force by the Richland County Grand Jury.

In the late evening hours of March 16, 2021, the Shelby Police Department was contacted by a family member who requested a welfare check to be conducted for Hadley.

The caller advised that Hadley was exhibiting emotional stress and suicidal thoughts. Police were also told that Hadley likely was in possession of an assault rifle and was likely located at or near Seneca Avenue in Shelby driving a silver Ford Explorer.

When officers responded to the area they observed the vehicle and soon heard rifle fire coming from Hadley's direction. Officers then secured the area and began attempting to de-escalate Hadley for almost an hour.

Hadley continued to fire his weapon and would not otherwise respond to the officers. It was discovered that Hadley had left the roadway and crashed his vehicle through fence posts and into a tree.

As officers continued to try to communicate with Hadley, he again fired his weapon and pointed it in the direction of the officers. Sergeant Aaron Bushey and Officer John Reed then fired their weapons, striking Hadley in the left arm.

Shortly thereafter Hadley was taken into custody, treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital.

The Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification was contacted to process the scene and conduct an independent investigation of the incident.

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