A Fairfield County judge has appointed a special prosecutor to review whether firearms instructor Terry J. Dunlap Sr. should be charged in the accidental shooting of a student taking his concealed-carry class.
Common Pleas Judge Richard E. Berens appointed Jeffrey Hunter, a former assistant prosecutor in Greene County.
Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx said yesterday that he sought a special prosecutor to avoid any conflict of interest. Dunlap, 73, is a Violet Township trustee seeking re-election on Nov. 5.
Marx said he sought a special prosecutor after county Sheriff Dave Phalen’s office referred to his office its investigatory file about the shooting. Berens picked Hunter on Sept. 10.
Dunlap accidentally shot student Michael Piemonte, 26, of Pataskala, while demonstrating a .38-caliber handgun. The bullet hit Piemonte’s arm.
The accidental shooting occurred on Aug. 10 toward the end of a 12-hour day of training in gun handling and safety. Dunlap is certified by the state to teach classes for Ohioans who are getting their concealed-carry permits.
Neither Dunlap nor his attorney, Richard Ricketts, could be reached for comment.
By Mary Beth Lane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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