Ottawa Hills Police Statement on Officer White's indictment

On Saturday, May 23rd at approximately 2:15 a.m. after a short pursuit involving 2 motorcyclists, Ottawa Hills Police Officer Thomas White conducted a traffic stop involving motorcyclist Michael McCloskey. Shortly thereafter, Mr. McCloskey was shot by Officer White. Mr. McCloskey was transported to the Toledo Hospital for medical care. The other motorcyclist was taken into custody without incident by a second Ottawa Hills Police Officer.

Almost immediately after the shooting the Ottawa Hills Police Department requested the assistance of the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCII) to assure a fair and impartial investigation into the incident. Upon their arrival, approximately one hour after the incident, BCII agents took possession of all evidence regarding the shooting. This includes the images recorded by the in-car camera of both police vehicles.

We learned today that as a result of the BCII investigation, the Lucas County Grand Jury has issued an indictment of Officer White. Just as we have with BCII, we pledge our full cooperation with the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office. Now it is up to the courts to determine the outcome of this incident.

The Village of Ottawa Hills sincerely regrets the results of this unfortunate incident.

At the direction of the prosecutor, and because this incident is the subject of a criminal investigation we will have no additional comment at this time. Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the office of Lucas County Prosecutor.

Robert C. Overmeyer
Chief of Police

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