Thursday, January 11, 2001

Suspect: “Shoot me, shoot me!”

Man wounded by sheriff's deputy is accused of felony assault

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — Brian Woods, 30, shot twice by a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy Tuesday, was under police guard and in serious condition with arm and neck wounds Wednesday at University Hospital.

        Steve Barnett, spokesman for the sheriff, said Mr. Woods was charged with felonious assault on a police officer after pointing a pistol at a deputy and shouting, “Shoot me, shoot me!”

        The case began early Tuesday when Cincinnati police said Mr. Woods threatened girlfriend Becky Gehring at gunpoint in her Ponderosa Drive apartment in Mount Airy.

        Ms. Gehring, 18, said Mr. Woods picked the lock on her door and entered her apartment at about 7 a.m. while she was sleeping.

        Ms. Gehring said Mr. Woods sprayed her face with pepper spray, choked her, threatened to kill her as he pointed a pistol at her and refused to allow her to leave or call for help for several hours.

        Police also have charged him with kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

        At about 4:30 p.m., a Green Township police officer saw Mr. Woods' parked vehicle on Robroy Drive. Police and deputies were waiting for him and blocked his exit.

        Mr. Woods got out of his car and pointed a pistol at Cpl. Roy Schooley who fired three times, Mr. Barnett said.

        Cpl. Schooley is on three days of administrative leave — standard procedure when an on-duty officer shoots someone.

        Independent investigations into the shooting will be conducted by the sheriff's Criminal Investigation Section and the Internal Affairs Office. Findings will be forwarded to Sheriff Simon L. Leis Jr. and the Hamilton County prosecutor's office.


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