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Willard cops cleared in shooting

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Local authorities have received part of the state's report on a Willard shooting in which a woman was shot in the foot during a drug raid. Two Willard officers involved in the shooting have returned to "full duty."

"It's a pretty significant report. They took some time on it," said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who declined to share the basics of the results.

"It was thorough. They talked to a lot of people ... maybe a dozen," he said.

The report is part of an ongoing investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) of the Dec. 19 incident at 631 Pleasant St., Willard. A bystander -- Toledo resident Erica Devlin, 19, -- and a pitbull dog were shot when two pitbulls rushed members of the Willard Police Department and part-time Greenwich Police Officer Sean Nolen. Willard EMS transported Devlin to Mercy Willard, where she was treated for a minor foot injury and released.

Afterward, Detective Jeremy Draper and Officer Brian Slone were re-assigned to desk duty. They are now back to full duty.

On Wednesday, the Reflector published a full story with new information about the investigation and an update on the condition of the dog that was shot. To read more, pick up a copy of that issue or subscribe to the e-paper for less than $1 per week and read it now.

As for the two Willard 19-year-olds -- Kyle Zarcone and Anthony R. Hicks -- arrested in the drug raid, one was back in the news this week. Zarcone is accused of stealing a flat screen TV from a home. To read that story, click HERE.

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