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Randleman released from hospital

Sandusky Register Staff • Apr 4, 2011 at 1:59 PM

(UPDATED AT 5:24 P.M.) The man accused of shooting to death a Sandusky police officer earlier this month has been released from the hospital and placed in jail.

Kevin D. Randleman, 50, was released from the University of Toledo Medical Center on Tuesday and transported to the Erie County jail by sheriff's deputies.

He will be arraigned Thursday morning at Erie County Common Pleas Court.

On March 19, Randleman, of Sandusky, used a Colt "Detective's Special" .38-caliber revolver to shoot to death Sandusky police Officer Andy Dunn after a traffic stop on Tyler Street, investigators said.

Dunn, 30, was patrolling near Tyler Street and Hayes Avenue at 2:59 a.m. Saturday when he spotted Kevin D. Randleman, 50, riding his bike in the street with no lights — a violation of Ohio law.

Dunn tried to talk to Randleman, who evaded the officer, investigators said.

Dunn turned his cruiser around and activated his overhead lights, pulling Randleman over. As Dunn exited the cruiser, Randleman allegedly started firing.

According to an autopsy, Randleman hit Dunn with five bullets, four of which tore through both lungs and other vital organs.

After Dunn suffered critical injuries, the officer returned fire from his .40-caliber service pistol and hit Randleman twice in the arm, authorities said.

Emergency room doctors stabilized Randleman, who was then flown by helicopter to the University of Toledo Medical Center for more treatment.

Since the incident, Randleman has been under guard at the hospital.

Randleman faces charges of aggravated murder, having a weapon under disability and carrying a concealed weapon.

If found guilty, Randleman could face the death penalty.

Because Randleman faces capital murder charges, two attorneys certified to represent indigent defendants in capital cases will be appointed to defend him, prosecutors said.

Read the rest of this story in Tuesday's edition of the Register.

For more coverage of the shooting and its aftermath, click here.

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