Three People Arrested After Ohio DNR Officer Shot
Three men were arrested earlier this week after Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officer Kevin Behr was shot while he investigated a complaint about illegal deer hunting near Martinsville.
One of the men arrested, Brian R. Liming, discharged his firearm and fled the scene.
Liming admitted to discharging the firearm, Detective Doug Eastes with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office wrote in an affidavit filed in Clinton County Municipal Court.
The wounded officer was airlifted from the scene to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with injuries that appear to be non-life threatening, according to the sheriff’s office.
Liming was arrested Sunday on one felony count of having weapons under disability and two misdemeanors: No deer permit and hunting without permission.
According to the statement, Liming “entered the woods and indicated he fired a shot. Mr. Liming reports he heard someone screaming so he ran and found a man with a gunshot wound.”
“The man yelled at Liming to call 911. Mr. Liming reports he ran out of the woods to the roadway, where he told another male subject near the truck to call 911.”
“He then reports he got nervous and fled the scene on foot. Mr. Liming later came out of the woods and turned himself in to a trooper. Mr. Liming had a box of Federal Sabot 20-gauge shotgun shells and a single loose Federal Sabot 20-gauge shotgun shell on his person but did not wish to discuss the firearm he carried into the woods. The shells appear to be the same as the spent shell casing located in the woods, to the west of the victim’s position.”
The other two men arrested along with Liming – Thomas Davis and Brian Achtermann, each face misdemeanors.
Davis is charged with aiding an offender. The criminal complaint says e aided Liming “by transporting him to a wood line on Macedonia Road near Martinsville Road with known intent to unlawfully hunt deer without permission from the landowner.”
Achtermann was charged with no hunting license and no deer permit.
Davis and Achtermann were released on bond late Sunday and are due in court Dec. 29.
Liming was released from the jail late Monday and also will go to court Dec. 29, jail officials say.
Sheriff’s officials say once their investigation is complete, they will present all evidence to the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office for a determination of additional charges.