Monday, December 25, 2000

Accidental shot kills officer




By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GOSHEN TWP. — A part-time Williamsburg police officer died early Sunday after he was accidentally shot in the head during a party while off duty, authorities said.

        Clermont County dispatcher Anita Brill identified the officer as Adam Richardson, 22. Police say he was shot by his best friend with a .22-caliber handgun.

        Jason Owens, 21, of Clermont County, was being held at the Clermont County Jail Sunday night. Bond for Mr. Owens, charged with involuntary manslaughter, had not been set late Sunday.

        Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg Jr. said dispatchers received a call about the shooting, in the 5600 block of Ivy Road, at 6 a.m. Sunday.

        “There were several people at a party, and during the party someone got ahold of a firearm and ... were perhaps playing around with the firearm or pointing it around, ... acting carelessly with it.”

        “This is one of the worst things we have to deal with as a dispatcher,” Ms. Brill said. “(Police) are family. We talk to these officers sometimes more than we talk and see our families.”

        Ms. Brill said he was single and had no children.

       



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