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Deputies not charged in Bryan Jones shooting death

Register • May 12, 2013 at 5:48 AM

A special Sandusky County grand jury heard evidence but returned no indictments Friday in the fatal shooting of a rural Fremont man, according to The Blade of Toledo.

Sandusky County Sheriff’s Deputies Mario and Jose Calvillo, who are brothers and members of the sheriff’s tactical response team, shot and killed Bryan P. Jones, 26, at his parents’ Tiffin Road home July 11 after Jones’ father, Tracy Jones, called the sheriff’s office saying his son had been drinking for two days, had threatened to kill himself and family members, and was inside the house with guns.

Deputies assembled a tactical response team, led by brothers Jose and Mario Calvillo, and fired flash-bang grenades into the living room to disorient Jones. They entered the house and almost immediately encountered Jones, who deputies said raised his shotgun at them.

According to coroner’s records, Jones was shot four times and died of the gunshot wounds.

It’s not clear how many total shots were fired by deputies, but both Calvillos fired their weapons.

Friday, the sheriff declined to comment on the grand jury proceedings and referred questions to Special Prosecutor Timothy Braun. Mr. Braun, an assistant Lucas County prosecutor appointed to the case, declined to comment, citing the secrecy of proceedings.

Family members of Jones said after his death that Jones had been asleep on the couch when the deputies arrived.

Earlier this month, his parents, Tracy and Kim Jones, filed a $20 million wrongful-death suit in U.S. District Court against the deputies, Sheriff Overmyer, the county, and the board of commissioners. They claim they had called for help for their son and he instead was killed by the deputies.

The suit names Sandusky County, the Sandusky County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, Deputy Jose Calvillo and Deputy Mario Calvillo.

“The Board and County failed to produce sufficient funds for the (Sandusky County Sheriff’s Department), forcing the sheriff to cut expenditures and to continue to use employees who were incompetent to perform the duties required of them on July 11, 2010,” the suit states.The suit asks for $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. Dennis E. Murray Sr. and Donna J. Evans of Murray and Murray law firm in Sandusky are representing the Jones family.

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