Willard cops cleared in shooting

Officers return to full duty after December incident in which a woman accidently was shot in the foot as officers tried to ward off charging pitbulls during a drug raid.
Cary Ashby
Feb 7, 2013

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.

Comments

arnmcrmn

As they should be. Glad this is over. Two very good cops here.

And imagine that.....one of these guys back in the paper for stealing. Throw this trash in jail. We need to clean Willard up and work together as a community to rid this town of constant trash that takes up so much of our local law enforcements time and effort.

Hereswhatithink

Agreed ^^^
But we also need a new judge, these cops are doing their jobs, and the court systems are offering way too many "Plea deals" and giving way too many "slaps to the wrists" sentences. Good Job to the officers doing their jobs, and keep it up!

Yall Make Me Sick

Glad the cops are back on duty! The people who will have the rude comments to say about this are the ones who don't like them cause they've gotten busted & are salty about it. Their just doing their job!!!!

Mnmabc

Honestly I had little faith in our police department up until I needed them and they were so amazing. I have nothing bad to say about our police department including how awesome the Chief of Police Mark was so understanding and helpful with my unfortunate ordeal!! I am glad these two are back on the streets to help clear up our trash!

believe it

It's amazing how the Zarcone kid can have a drug raid on him and about a month later is going into someone's house and stealing a TV. It shows that he never learned anything and never will. Lock him up for a longgggg time or deport his as*, he's obviously no good to society.

believe it

And when I say deport, I know he's not illegal but I just want him out of here. As soon as he gets out of jail he's just going to do the same things again.

Rebba

Good to see ya back at work, full force and cleaning up the streets!

Kottage Kat

God bless the men in blue
And what they do

willardman90

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Profane, obscene, sexual or derogatory language.

arnmcrmn

@willardman...put your real name behind that post if you are man enough. Had trouble with the local law in the past? I bet so.

willardman90

Nope never been in trouble :) my records clear as can be Aaron.

believe it

Yeah right

willardman90

Because you know me? My record has nothing but some speeding tickets believe it or not

believe it

Why do you hang with losers then?

arnmcrmn

@willardman Your post that was rightfully removed was uncalled for. These men were doing their job and are great police officers. Just because your friends keep getting into trouble and keep getting caught doesn't mean our law enforcement "sucks" and can "more explicit language"...according to you. Maybe these punks should consider a new hobby because its obvious being a career criminal isn't for them.

The dumbest thing anyone can do is get on here and defend losers who have been in the paper 2 times now in the last month. Lesson learned....I think not. Won't be the last time we hear of these two hacks.

willardman90

I've known them for years they are friends havnt you had friends or family that made mistakes or is your cirlce perfect like everyone else ?

believe it

Actually no, I don't have any friends or family that have broken into a house and stolen a TV or been involved in a drug raid.

willardman90

Did I ask if they stole a tv or was in a drug raid..no? I asked if they the ever been in trouble any kinda trouble I'm just saying everyone makes mistakes sometimes in their cases its a lot worse then others. no matter what they are my friends so anyone that don't like it touch luck I'm not causing problems just hate seeing my friends locked up sorry for having a big heart but as for the victims I do feel sorry for them they don't deserve to go threw what they did

arnmcrmn

because they learned from their mistakes. Drug raid.....then 3 weeks later are caught stealing. Yup, they learned. Just glad they didn't steal from someone packing or they'd be six feet deep.

Mnmabc

Really you hate seeing your friends locked up?? I really hate seeing innocent people affected by your friends stupidity! You know like working hard and having things stolen from them!! You need to look around and see the type of people you hang out with because maybe your too young now to realize it but someday you will wish you would have had friends who influenced you in a positive way instead of negative!!

TheGreatYoda

CHOOT EM LIZABETH!!

votelibertarian

I hope they took the time to learn how to use their guns before going back to full duty.

Kilroy

One of the first rules of firing a gun is, know what is behind your target.

Now if I was out deer hunting and shot at deer and missed and hit someone I would be in trouble, Why are they not getting in trouble? At least they should be made to take a gun safety course or an eye test or something. If they do not know what they may hit if they miss, maybe they should not be carrying guns.

Kinda of sounds like a 'I am sorry' routine just like the convicts use

arnmcrmn

A drug raid with charging pit bull dogs is totally different than sitting in a deer stand, waiting for a deer and having all the reaction time in the world. Try another comparison please.

willardman90

First off the dogs were not even charging the cops that's just what they say to cover their side of the story. look if the dog was hit in the back right leg how was he.charging he was running away from officers then they fired and as for the girl she was directly.shot from right in front of her. oh I bet you guys don't know this cause it was never in the paper they shot into the house and a bullet hole is in the hallway. the dog warden was there to do what he didn't do his job they knew dogs were in the house so why did the dog warden go threw the back door and why is one of the pits getting adopted out?! Don't they have to pass a temperament test in order to be adopted??! the cops did a horrible job executing the search warrant it was all messed up and yes I was there when it happened.and as for people saying stuff about the girl that got shot she doesn't do drugs she was at the house because of her boyfriend!!! She was there saying by cause she had to leave for work she just happen to be wrong place wrong time like I said before this is not over its still going on the prosecutors office just now got ahold of the case its only over from bci stand point

believe it

So everything is all the cops fault, nothing on the people that got raided? Interesting. And the girl is dating one of those losers? But she lives in Toledo? and her boyfriend just got raided? There's a match made in Heaven.

Felonyjoy

I agree with you, if they are a cop and trained to protect then why did they accidentally trip and shoot someone? They were really not responsible for their actions and I think that they were so excited to bust this house that they didn't care what they were doing they just wanted in, but I know that she is getting justice for this and that is all I care about.

believe it

Karma is going to be a pain for her when she overdoses someday.

Felonyjoy

Overdoses? She doesn't even do drugs. You people are so stupid. You get on here talking shit about shit you have NO clue about. The Norwalk Reflector is a JOKE and so is the LYING ASS LADY WHO WRITES IT. I would love to give her a piece of my mind!

believe it

Maybe if she doesn't do them she likes to traffic them. Karma baby.

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