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Ohio Officers Cleared in Parking Lot Shooting



All officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in a police shooting last month in a Colerain Township parking lot.

The police department released the findings Friday at a news conference.

Investigators used surveillance video from a Walmart near the scene to assist their inquiry into the Aug. 11 shooting of 26-year-old Miguel Thomas, of Kennedy Heights.

Officers said they noticed some suspicious activity by the occupants of a silver, four-door vehicle in the parking lot of Staples, but they said Thomas tried to drive away when they approached and wrecked into several cars.

Police said they ordered Thomas to stop, but authorities said he refused and attempted to back over one of the officers, who shot and wounded Thomas.

Thomas told his attorney that he didn't know the men, who were undercover, were police officers, and none of the witnesses who called 911 to report the shooting identified the men as officers.

Police arrested Thomas and charged him with felonious assault, and they also charged 32-year-old Thomas Kuechler, of Goshen, with drug possession and 25-year-old Bryan Cox, of Fayetteville, with possession of a drug abuse instrument.

Cox was also wanted in Clermont County on an outstanding theft warrant.


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