Greene County officer terminated

By Scott Halasz shalasz@civitasmedia.com

March 8, 2014

XENIA — A Greene County sheriff’s major, who had been on paid leave since the middle of last year, has been fired.

Eric Spicer, who was with the department since 2004, was involved in a shooting in Yellow Springs on July 30, 2013. He was placed on leave while the incident, which lasted six hours and resulted in the death Paul E. Schenck Jr., a mentally ill man who had fired nearly 200 shots at responding officers, was under investigation.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer would not confirm on Friday whether that incident led to Spicer’s termination.

“I’m not specifying anything,” Fischer said. “He was an unclassified employee and works at the will of the sheriff.”

Deputy James Hughes, who fired shots at Schenck that ended the standoff, was also placed on leave and ultimately returned to duty. A Grand Jury investigated Hughes’ role and found the use of force was appropriate and declined to indict.

An Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation report also determined Schenck’s death was unavoidable.

Spicer was unavailable for comment on Friday.