Sheriff's Deputy Not Liable For Brian Garber's Death

  • 2/22/2019 8:21:16 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH-According to a statement released Friday by the Richland County Sheriff's Office, a U.S. District Court Jury has found defendant Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Raymond Frazier not liable for the shooting death of Brian Garber.

Garber was killed during an officer-involved shooting on March 16, 2014. Officers had responded to a domestic violence call at the victim's parents' home in Troy Township. 911 dispatch received a phone call from Garber's wife, Sara Knowlton, stating that Garber had sent a text message to his wife claiming that he had a gun. When they found 28-year-old Garber in the upstairs bedroom, he refused to show officers his hands. Accounts of what happened next vary slightly, but Garber was shot 14 times and killed. No gun was found in the bedroom. The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing shortly after.

In April of 2017, a federal judge ruled that a jury should hear testimony in the case that Garber's widow, Sara Knowlton, filed against three sheriff deputies: Deputy Raymond Frazier, Deputy Andrew Knee, and Sgt. James Nicholson. Nicholson and Knee were later dismissed from the lawsuit.

Sheriff Sheldon has maintained that after an internal investigation, an outside investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation under the Attorney General’s Office and a review by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor that his deputies followed policy and procedures in this incident and that they did nothing wrong.

“I am very pleased with the verdict and appreciate the jury’s close review of the facts presented in the case," the press release read. "Deputies of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office are well trained and finally these deputies have been vindicated... Nonetheless losing a life is a tragedy and our condolences and prayers go out to the Brian Garber family.”

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