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Coroner: Autopsy shows Jones lifted gun at deputies (full story)

Sarah Weber • May 12, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Findings in a preliminary autopsy report corroborate Sandusky County Sheriff’s deputies’ accounts of the shooting death of 26-year-old Bryan Jones.

According to Sandusky County Coroner John Wukie, the findings are consistent with deputies’ statements that Jones raised a shotgun at them when they entered his home.

Jones’ family called 911 at 9:46 p.m. July 11 to report that the troubled young man had been bingeing on alcohol for two days and threatened to hurt himself and his mother. 

Deputies arrived minutes later, and observed Jones sitting with a shotgun on the sofa in the two-story white farmhouse at 3445 Tiffin Road in Ballville Township.

A four-man tactical team, led by brothers Jose Calvillo, 37, and Mario Calvillo, 35, entered the home at 11:30 p.m. to subdue Jones, but second after encountering Jones the two deputies fired several shots. 

The Sandusky County Sheriff’s department has not released information regarding how many shots were fired by deputies or if Jones fired or tried to fire because the case is still under investigation.

Sheriff Kyle Overmyer asked the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to review the incident. He put Jose and Mario Calvillo on paid leave for three days following the incident, but later allowed them to return to work as jail officers until the final investigation is complete.

They will not be permitted to carry firearms during that time. 

Lucas County coroners performed an autopsy on Jones’ body on July 13 and found bullet entry wounds on Jones’ head, right arm, left arm and left shoulder. He had peripheral injuries to his left side and left forearm. It has not yet been determined which shot was fatal. 

The bullets hit Jones in a way that suggests he had his arms raised in firing position, Wukie said. 

Wukie said any evidence of gun residue on Jones’ hands — which would indicate he also fired a shot — would be noted in the final autopsy report. That final report is pending lab results.

The case has garnered significant public interest and controversy. 

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Jones’ parents, Tracy and Kim Jones, condemned the deputies’ actions, saying they could have defused the situation in a non-fatal manner. Family and friends gathered for a public protest in Fremont a week after Jones died.

Other residents have taken the side of the sheriff’s department, saying the deputies were right to defend themselves against a man with a gun.

Jones’ parents said he would never hurt anyone, but Jones does have a prior felony conviction for shooting at a Ballville Township home, narrowly missing a man and his 5-year-old daughter sleeping inside. 

Mario Calvillo, a veteran, has maintained a good record with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s department, but was fired from the Fremont Police Department in 2003 for drunk driving. 

Jose Calvillo has a last chance agreement dated January 2010 in his file at the Sandusky County Sheriff’s office for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend against direct orders from his superiors.

Calvillo also had a serious reprimand in 2007 about defying the late Sheriff David Gangwer’s orders not to have contact with his ex-wife during a messy divorce.

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