Grand Jury declines to indict officers involved in Marion County fatal shooting

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According to Marion County Prosecutor Ray Grogan, a Grand Jury has returned a No Bill of Indictment regarding the officer involved shooting that occurred on July 3 on Patterson Street in Marion.

An independent investigation by the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was completed and the actions of Officer Joe McDonald of the Marion Police Department and Major Christy Utley of the Marion County Sheriff were determined to be within the policy of their respective agencies.

Internal reviews were also conducted by the Marion City Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

A previous Grand Jury has indicted Matthew Lust on three counts of attempted murder, four counts of felonious assault and firearm specifications for his role in this incident.

“I am grateful that the Grand Jury has cleared Major Utley and Officer McDonald but I am even more grateful that no one else was injured in this very dangerous incident besides the suspect. This was an intense firefight and these two officers performed valiantly” said Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey.

“The actions of Officer McDonald and Major Utley saved lives during this incident on July 3rd. The suspect was committed to causing death that day and these two officers bravely stepped up when called upon and put a stop to that threat on behalf of the community.” said Marion Police Chief Bill Collins.

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