A Natural Resource Officer was life flighted and hospitalized after he was shot while investigating a deer poaching complaint on the last day of Ohio’s weekend gun season.
According to NBC 5, the incident took place in Clinton County at approximately 4 pm on Sunday, December 20th. Kevin Behr, a 25-year-old veteran Wildlife Investigator, was investigating a deer poaching complaint when he was shot.
Clinton County Sherriff’s deputies responded to the calls for assistance after being contacted by the Natural Resources Call Center. Three suspects were arrested soon after the shooting and are being held.
• Brian R. Liming, 49, of Xenia, who is being held on charges of weapons under disability, a felony of the 3rd degree; no deer permit, a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree; and hunting without permission, a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree.
• Thomas Davis, 35 of Jamestown, who is being held on a charge of aiding an offender, a misdemeanor of the 4th degree.
• Brian Achtermann, 36, of Midland, who is being held on charges of no hunting license, a misdemeanor of the 4th degree; and no deer permit, a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree.
So far no charges are listed that indicate who actually pulled the trigger, but we expect those charges to be added on after the investigation is complete.
“Investigator Behr was airlifted from the scene and taken to a trauma center for injuries sustained during the shooting,” said Prickett. “Investigator Behr’s injuries, while serious, appear to be non-life threatening; he is currently in stable condition.
“We would ask for everyone to keep Investigator Behr and his family in their prayers during this difficult time,” Prickett added.
“The investigation into this case is being handled by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and upon completion will be presented to the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office for a determination of additional charges,” stated Prickett.
Please keep this officer in your prayers as he recovers.
We will update this story when more information becomes available.