Marion Officials Provide Update On Officer Involved Shooting

  • 9/6/2018 3:04:21 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MARION, OH - Body camera video shows the chaotic scene that Marion Police Officer Joseph McDonald and Marion County Sheriff Deputy Christy Utley faced back on July 3rd, 2018. 

As they both reached the scene on Patterson Street, they observed Matthew W. Lust approaching a house. Previously, both officers were informed by a female shooting victim that Lust was heading to a house on Patterson Street to cause harm to a male. 

Officer McDonald instructed Lust to get on the ground, but after observing Lust reaching for a firearm, a shootout commenced. 

On Thursday, Marion County Prosecutor Ray Grogan, Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey, and Marion Police Department Chief Bill Collins held a press conference to update the public on the officer-involved shooting investigation. 

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) conducted the investigation and presented its findings to the Marion County Prosecutor. Grogan presented the findings to a grand jury, who then returned a no bill of indictment on both officers. 

"This is one of the most vicious fire-fights that I have ever seen," Tim Bailey, Sheriff of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, said. "I commend patrolman McDonald and Major Utley from the Sheriff's Office for standing their ground and engaging the suspect in an extremely dangerous situation."

Both the Marion Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff also conducted their own internal investigation on both officers. Both Officer McDonald and Major Utley have returned to work. 

"The suspect, in that case, was hell-bent on killing people that day." Bill Collins, the Marion Police Department Chief, said. 

According to Court Records, Matthew W. Lust is charged with three counts of attempted murder, which are first degree felonies, and four counts of felonious assault, which are 2nd-degree felonies. Two Firearm Specifications were also attached to the charges. Lust is currently scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial on September 11th, 2018. 

At 4:46 PM on July 3rd, officers from the Marion Police Department responded to a reported shooting in the area of Bain Avenue between South High and South State streets. Officers discovered a female suspect had sustained gunshot wounds inside a vehicle after being fired upon several times. The injuries were believed to be not life-threatening.

Officers received information indicating that the male suspect involved in the shooting was Matthew W. Lust, age 33 of Bucyrus. Lust was said to an estranged boyfriend of the female victim, and it was believed he may be heading to an address in the 500 block of Patterson Street to cause harm to a male. 

An officer from the Marion Police Department and a Deputy from the Marion County Sheriff's Office arrived at the location at 5:18 PM with the intention of alerting the male subject of a potential threat of violence by Lust. 

The officer and deputy encountered a male subject upon arrival at the front of the Patterson Street location which matched the description provided of Lust following the Bain Avenue shooting. In the initial interaction with law enforcement, Lust presented a firearm which resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the two law enforcement officers. Lust was struck and wounded in the exchange. 

The officer and the deputy were unharmed. Lust was secured and transported to Marion General Hospital and subsequently flown by MedFlight to Columbus area medical facility. 

An involved firearm was recovered from the scene of the shooting. 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to the scene to assume the lead role in the investigation. 

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