COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man says being wrongly identified as a suspect in a police officer’s shooting has caused his family turmoil and he plans on suing the police department.
A statewide alert issued last week had named Chaz Gillilan, of Coshocton, as a suspect in an alleged traffic-stop shooting in Newcomerstown, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of Cleveland. Newcomerstown police officer Bryan Eubanks, 37, originally claimed that individuals stopped in a black Chevrolet Geo Tracker shot him April 11.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s office says Eubanks made up the story to cover up an attempted suicide. Gillilan was in a holding cell for two hours before police let him go.
Gillilan told WCMH-TV he has a lengthy criminal record, but he says he would never shoot a police officer. He says people still treat him as if he was guilty, and his own mother second-guessed his innocence.
“She’s like, ‘Why would they pick you out of everyone?” Gillilan said.
Gillilan said he is now considering moving his family out of town.
“The whole world knows where I live,” Gillilan said.
Police say Eubanks was fired Tuesday. Eubanks, who filed the report of a gunshot in his arm as work-related, could face charges.
Gillilan and his wife say they are filing a civil lawsuit against both the Coshocton and Newcomerstown police departments.
Eubanks couldn’t be reached for comment. No home telephone listing could be found for him.
Information from: WCMH-TV, http://www.nbc4i.com
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