Bullets don't match officer's gun

SANDUSKY Evidence confirms that the Sandusky police officer at the scene of the Lions Park murder-suicide did not fire a shot
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Evidence confirms that the Sandusky police officer at the scene of the Lions Park murder-suicide did not fire a shot, according to Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse.

"There were four spent rounds found at the location," Nuesse said. "Those came from a .38 revolver, which the male subject had in his hand."

Sandusky police officers carry 9-mm handguns, Nuesse said.

At about 10:30 p.m. July 27, Rachelle "Baby" Baskey, 24, was shot by Larry Barnett Jr., 25, who then turned the gun on himself, according to police.

Both were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center where they died the next morning.

The shooting was witnessed by a Sandusky police officer. He said Barnett fired the shots after the officer called out to the couple sitting along the shoreline after park hours. The officer requested backup as shots were fired.

"I felt it was important to get the facts out," Nuesse said, adding that she did not want the community to mistake rumors for fact.

Nuesse said the autopsy report, to be released soon, will confirm these findings. The witness statements, the officer's statement, and the video/audio tape from the police cruiser affirm that no shots were fired by the officer. Nuesse said the prosecutor's office will also review the investigation.