While the official investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Graham Atkinson says an internal investigation into Wednesday’s officer involved shooting revealed the officer acted properly and followed proper police protocol.
“We did our own internal investigation and I’m very confident our guys acted appropriately,” Atkinson said.
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), as is typical of officer involved shootings, is conducting its own investigation into the incident.
Shortly after noon Wednesday, Senior Officer Michael Hohl responded to 441 Creed Road after the department received a call from the Veteran’s Administration hospital requesting a welfare check on James Ransom, 55.
Before Hohl arrived on the scene, Ransom called 911 threatening to kill himself, according to Atkinson.
When he arrived on the scene, Hohl discovered Ransom in the front yard of the home brandishing an assault rifle.
Ransom refused to put down the weapon and confronted Hohl, who ultimately shot and killed him.
Subsequent to the shooting, investigators sent an SBI bomb robot into the home because Ransom had said in the past there could be booby traps.
“He had previously made statements to the effect that he would set traps in his home for police, so we sent in the robot as a precaution,” the sheriff said.
No explosive devices were found inside the home, but the sheriff said several weapons were recovered.
“We seized several firearms,” he said. “Those included semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic handguns, a revolver and several hundred rounds of ammunition.”
Deputies also seized about an ounce and a half of marijuana, according to the sheriff.
He described the incident, while tragic, as cut and dry.
“I think we’re pretty well done,” he said of the investigation. “This was fairly cut and dry, with no questions about the suspect’s intentions or the action of the officers.
“From everything we’ve discovered, (Hohl) acted appropriately,” Atkinson added. “We’ll wait for the conclusion of the SBI investigation, but there was nothing I’ve found that raises any questions.”
Hoyle will remain on administrative leave until the completion of the investigation by the SBI.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.