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

FREMONT— 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.
Sarah Weber
Jul 28, 2010


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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i know his family wants to make a big stink that he was murdered by police and file lawsuits in a get rich quick fantasy, but the guy raised a gun at cops. If they didnt want him dead they probably shouldnt have called the cops. Personally to me its one less idiot I have to deal with in life. i guess thats where listening to hank williams jr songs will get ya


Well there ya go! Raise a gun at an armed police officer(s)and they will shoot you!

Julie R.

How can an autopsy reveal that somebody had his arms raised when he was shot? That doesn't make a bit of sense.


Perhaps you should catch an episode or two of Dr. G: The Medical Examiner. 

It makes a lot of sense given the trajectory of the bullet(s) entry and possibly exit points on the body.


Julie R-"a bit of sense", no reference point for you Sussssan.


Have we got another swiss in the guise of Julie R?


This would be the appropriate time for the family to make a public apology to law enforcement.

Julie R.

Geez, why is everybody getting so upset? All I did was ask a simple question. I know an autopsy can reveal a lot things, like someone putting up a valiant fight for their lives----example, the O.J. Simpson case where his wife had knife wounds all over her hands from grabbing the knife----but I really can't see how a simple autopsy can show if a person has his arms raised when shot. I mean, let's say I'm crossing a street and I wave to somebody I know and the second I do somebody else goes by and shoots me. (which would probably be my buddy Sam) Can an autopsy show that I had one of my arms raised when I was shot?  


Julie R-to quote you  "I mean, let's say I'm crossing a street and I wave to somebody I know and the second I do somebody else goes by and shoots me. (which would probably be my buddy Sam) Can an autopsy show that I had one of my arms raised when I was shot?  Julie R I assure you I would never harm you in any manner, just the opposite my parents raised me to help the feeble of mind.


From my wealth of experience (watching NCIS, CSI, Law & Order) it could be a blood spatter pattern that showed how his arms were raised at the time of the shooting.

Now Way

Maybe he did raise a gun at police!  I think it's obvious he wasn't right in the head at the time, but that still doesn't explain why they went in the house in the first place.  Why not wait it out and give the guy time to get his "ducks in a row."  Unless I missed something, he didn't have a hostage.  That's the part I'm stuck on.  It's not like he came out of the house firing at people.  They went to him and shot him!

Julie R.

The bottom line here is----the parents to this young man are going to have to live with this nightmare for the rest of their lives. Making stupid remarks like they are only out to get money is ridiculous. These people are understandably angry and in a way it's a good thing for now because when the anger goes the grief is going to hit them full force and then the guilt that they were the ones that called the police to begin with. Show a little compassion people. You might even show a little compassion for the cops. If they're human it has to giving them a lot of sleepless nights, too.


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Was it any wonder?


I agree with unsilent majority.   I'd rather not have these  idiots walking around free.

Mail order bride

These Deputy's all deserve an apology. Now line up with her signs in front of the Sheriff's Office and say you were wrong.

Then give the Deputy's that fired the shot's Life Saving Awards for saving the lives of the other 2 deputy's that were in line to be killed by this guy. These brothers saved the lives of officers and should be rewarded.

If any discipline should occur maybe the officers that did NOT should should get wrote up and retrained. Fire away boys.

Good job men.


 I , for one ,would like to apologize to all persons I may have offended with prior posts about this story. I really thought that guy was asleep and ambushed. 

Julie R.

I have read many comments made on these SR stories pertaining to the autopsy done on the poor woman that was shot during that drive-by shooting case almost twenty years ago. The comments said that the autopsy showed that the bullet could not have come from the car because of the enter and exit wounds. The comments said that the man who was the intended victim of the drive-by shooting was in the house across the street----which corresponded with the shot that killed the poor woman. This house was also where the cops found a smoking gun hidden in the dryer-----yet according to the comments the evidence from the autopsy wasn't isn't permissable during the trial! 

So why do some of you people get on here and act like an autopsy proves everything without a shadow of a doubt when an autopsy in these joke Courts isn't even allowed as evidence in a murder trial? My opinion-----the results of an autopsy all depends on the personal agenda. Of course the autopsy on this young man is going to say he lifted the gun at the deputies-----------but if he really did is something only the cops and God knows. 


Good start here..   the worst thing is the amount of tax payers money going to be spent putting up with the familys lawsuits and claims in court.  You know in their minds they are thinking "ching ching" when suing the county.  Wrongfull death..  Murder...   LOL...   2+2=4     raise gun at cops ..  Cops defend themselves because they have no idea what's in his head..    guy dies..   easy as that. 

Why they didn't wait it out, that I cannot say for certain.  But the fact of the matter is they were called.  They tried to help difuse the situation.  I dont know one cop that would enter a house in a situation like that thinking they are going to shoot anyone.  ask any cops that same question, and you'll get the same answer.  They were "protecting themselves" ..  lets get that right people.    And lets get that right family...

An official Appology should be given to the officers by the family..  maybe not yet, but I'm sure the fact will come out on this topic, and I only hope the fam sucks it up and admits they acted quickly and out of emotion.   Nothing can bring their boy back, and I feel for them.   But lets not put on this show family and waste the countys time and money just trying to get rich. 


Just my oppinion, and not fact here..  just my oppinion...


I will have to wait for the Ragister's version of this story. But here is an earlier story from the Fremont paper.




I would like to see the weapon if Bryan's blood was not cleaned off. Was the room where Bryan was lighted or was it dark? I have a feeling that the autopsy will not release all of the details. Did any of the bullets strike the shotgun that Bryan was holding?

Jones, who was killed by Sandusky County sheriff's deputies July 11 after a standoff at his parents' home, was shot at least three times. Medical examiners from Lucas County recovered three bullets, and more fragments were found in Jones' right arm.

One bullet entered the left side of the head near the temple. One entered near the left shoulder, puncturing the lung and aorta. A third entered the left side of the lower chest, penetrating his stomach.

All of the wounds showed a bullet trajectory from low to high and from the left to right side of the body, the report said.

The preliminary autopsy findings were released to Sandusky County Coroner Dr. John Wukie last Thursday. The News-Messenger was allowed to view it Wednesday, but was not permitted to take notes while viewing the report.

Why couldn't the Fremont paper take notes? Bullet fragments in Jones' right arm? Did the fragments come from bullets hitting the shotgun?

hancrack me up

 He may have raised it, but did he point it? Maybe he was raising his hands to surrender or something? Again, hick cops need to learn what tear or knockout gas is & quit being Sgt. Fury.


hancrack, this goes to show how uneducated you must be.  it doesn't matter if he pointed it at them.    Your a cop, entering a room that you have no clue what's on the other side of the door.   Dude raises gun, and you have no idea what his intentions are at all.  Your trained to take him down to any extent, it's call defense.  As a cop you have no idea what your getting into and I have all the respect in the world for them because of the dangers they put themselves in everyday.     "hick cops", I think you need to learn when it's a good time to just say nothing, because comments like that just show how uneducated you truely are....

Taxed Enough Already

 The part that everyone is missing here.  The very parents that are complaining about what the officers did are the same ones that called the police.  They must have felt threatened or frightened or they would not have done that.  So in my honest opinion they have no one to blame but themselves.  Any time some one is that intoxicated and waving around a firearm there is cause to be concerned.  The parents were concerned either for their own lives or that of their son.  The officers were concerned (and rightfully so) so they took the precautions necessary to save their lives and that of their colleagues.  People all the time do this as a method of suicide.  Maybe he was so intoxicated he did not know what he was doing and no one will know that for sure.  The police were right and the parents are WRONG it's just that simple.


RE: Julie R...It's called forensic science and it's come a long way since 20 years ago.



Forgive our resident comment hijacking person on here folks, it is hard to get good tv reception when your house is wrapped in tin foil

Julie R.

ragtop66: What does a coroner have to do with forensic science?  A coroner is far removed from being an expert in that field but it appears like this is what the BCI want all the sheep to believe. Case closed.


Yes, but couldn't his hands have been raised with out the gun as in giving himself up?


Ya know, is it any wonder that politics and religion carry such passions? Here you have a clear cut case and no two people can agree on what should have happened and who's responsible for the result.

Chung Lee has a very good saying that goes something like "Man makes decision, knows he did right. Two men can't make decision and neither figure why other is idiot!"

Let's see Congress has how many members?

How many different religions are there?

Go figure!



Know why it takes three people to replace a light bulb?

The third to break up the argument regarding which way to screw it in!

Sarah goes back to her soaps now!

Woody Hayes


She has to have a mind in order for it to be feeble. What does a coroner have to with forensic science, really Juliebeth, are you that dense?


THINK THINK THINK! Think about what you have read in the newspaper so far. The authorities are withholding information and saying that the investigation is still not complete. WHY?
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. IS THIS DOCTOR A FORENSIC EXPERT? DID HE EXAMINE BRYAN'S SHOTGUN? WAS BRYAN RIGHT-HANDED? I wasn't at the scene of the shooting and neither were any of you. We are all reading what the newspapers printed and the newspapers all print different versions. Jones’ family called 911 at 9:46 p.m. Deputies arrived minutes later, and observed Jones sitting with a shotgun on the sofa in the two-story white farmhouse. 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. Was the room lit or was the room dark at 11:30 p.m.? A shotgun out in the rural area does not shoot very far. Was the shotgun loaded? There was no imminent danger to anyone. The mother was safe. No hostages. If Bryan was going to commit suicide, then he would have done it. 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. Not released information? Empty cartridge casings and fired bullets will tell you how many bullets the cops fired. Common sense. If Bryan fired the shotgun, the BBs lodged in the walls and furniture would tell you that. Where is that shotgun? Blood splatters and possible damage by fired bullets would give a clue if Bryan held or pointed the shotgun. Common sense again. When the cops do not release information, it means that the cops are hiding something. If the room was lit, the cops could see if Bryan pointed the shotgun. If it was dark, were the cops wearing night vision goggles? Lucas County coroners performed an autopsy on Jones’ body on July 13, not Wukie. I know that firing a handgun will leave gunpowder residue shooter's hand but I doubt that a rifle or shotgun will. The shotgun itself as with BBs lodged inside the house will tell if Bryan fired the shotgun. Where is the shotgun? Was Bryan's blood on the shotgun cleaned off? Blood splatters on the shotgun can tell if Bryan held or pointed the shotgun. No hostage, no danger to anyone else. Why rush in like jack-booted warriors.




Julie R.

Salvatore: That was excellent!

Julie R.

Medical Examiner of Coroner?

While many types of medical doctors are capable of performing autopsies, most state or local government laws mandate that an appointed forensic pathologist do the work. These appointees are called medical examiners and have an official position in the county medical examiner system. Not all counties use the medical examiner's system. Some counties use coroners and the coroner's system. There are two major differences between medical examiners and coroners.

Dr. Kiesel explains: A medical examiner by definition is a physician. In most cases, they are trained to be forensic pathologists and are appointed to their positions. On the other hand,  to be a coroner you just have to be elected to the job. You've got places where the local feed store operator is a coroner. I've got a friend in Washington State who's a farmer who is also the county coroner.

Depending on county laws, a coroner may require no medical qualifications in order to perform his or her duties. Some states, like Louisiana, require coroners to be forensic pathologists but most do not. In the event that a non-medical coroner needs an autopsy performed, the body is sent to a medical examiner.

So are the Lucus County coroners physicians that were trained to be forensic pathologists and appointed to their positions........or are they coroners that were elected?

hancrack me up

 Like I said, chongo, if they wanted him to come out peacefully they should have used knockout gas. Why is it "uneducated" in thinking (like Julie said) raising his hands) to surrender, etc. Redneck law enforcement all stick together out in them there parts...oh, and btw chongo, I believe I'm not the only one "uneducated" around here. The correct spelling is "YOU'RE a cop" or, "YOU'RE trained" 

Here's the correct word usage for the way you spell "your":

"It's YOUR business if you defend gung-ho trigger happy hicks.

Learn how to write-(not RIGHT or WRIGHT). Duh. 


I wish they would report correctly, heck the 911 tape with the fathers call did not say "he would hurt his mother & himself"  Correct me if I'm wrong but was it not "kill his mother".  Make a big difference if you ask me. Bryan had many options, he just decided to take the ones he had continued to take for a very long time, those were his choices, not your not mine and those choices and actions resulted in this sad ending. I wonder this, so many of the Jones followers are saying the officers didn't wait long enough, well I wonder how the family was behaving outside, were they wanting to enter the residence to talk Bryan out or whatever, was there concern that their actions might lead to one o them being taken hostage or being injured or worse?  Was LE now having to deal with two interconnecting situations as most folks know domestic situations can get ugly quiet quickly. Just wondering.


""""Jones’ parents, Tracy and Kim Jones, condemned the deputies’ actions, saying they could have defused the situation in a non-fatal manner"""

The time to plan for the above statement should have been started 26 years ago! They raised a drunk, a felon who shot at children while they were sleeping in their homes!

Ok, for those of you that say the cops should have waited it out, I say BS ~! Why should I and other pay thousands of dollars for cops to sit around with a half million dollars of vehicals, gas and equipment because their son thumbs his nose at the law, which was probably a learned trait by example!

Where were the parents for the last 26 years in his rearing? Didn't they ever teach Bryan that when authority says to do something YOU DO IT ~!  The blame isnt with the cops, its with the family and the babies on this forum who think that cops are baby sitters.
THE COPS DID THEIR JOB, the courts and family did not.



Julie R- I will attempt to keep it very simple so that even you can understand. It is my understanding that at the current time only Summit & after January 1, 2011 Cuyahoga will have an appointed corner/medical examiner, the terminology is interchangeable, Summit & Cuyahoga has appointed medical examiners/coroner. The county coroner in the other 86 counties are elected and must be licensed to practice medicine. Lucas County maintains a full time coroner and medical related forensic lab that contracts to many smaller counties in northwest Ohio for major death related investigations with its services. Many smaller counties only maintain a part-time coroner with limited resources. You might want to take a good 8th grade Ohio Government course in the future.

hancrack me up with your constant anti-law enforcement rants, I guess you are limited from leaving home with your ankle bracelet.

Taxed Enough Already

 All I know is...if I receive a 911 call that someone is intoxicated, has a loaded gun, and they want me to come assist.  I walk into a house with a guy holding a gun and he is highly intoxicated and I believe I must make a choice.  My life or his...I will send condolences and flowers to his family.  I am with the police on this one. 



RE: Sam,  thank you so much. Perhaps your explanation for Julie R will be clearer than mine. Forensic science deals with more than just the coronor's aspect.

hancrack me up

 The coroner always sides with the cops. If not this story would have been kept "confidential". 

And Spam, I'm not against law enforcement, only those who are prlcky, lie, act like Sgt. Hardhat & constantly break the law they're supposed to be enforcing.  That leaves me liking about 20% of them.

p.s, I would love an ankle bracelet, not having to venture out & deal with morons.


Julie R.

I haven't checked out the credentials of the Lucus County coroners yet, Sam, but I will. I also don't care what anybody says-----I don't know how an autopsy can prove if someone had his arms raised when he was shot.  If an autopsy can show this then can it also tell how far his arms were raised?  

My opinion on this is--------the kid was in the house for an hour and a half before the police entered. He was probably almost passed out and more than likely was startled when the police went in which in turn startled the cops-----and the rest we can only surmise.


Comment removed because it posted copyrighted material.

The copyrighted material was an article from The Toledo Blade referencing the outstanding investigative skills and qualifications of the Lucas County Coroner's office.  My guess is the Registerag doesn't want to readers exposed to a real newspaper.


  I just read all the posts on this story. It is funny how many "experts" on this subject there are and the fact that they can`t spell really makes me laugh. I get emails every day about cops who taze people for minor violations. Then I read this story and wonder why the cops didn`t use their tazer on this idiot instead of killing him. When I was in LE we were trained to take a suspect down without having to use our weapon. We didn`t have tazers back then either. Things sure have changed. Now,instead of using their brains to bring the bad guy down,they use their tazer. And when they should be using their tazer,they use their gun and cops are not trained to wound a suspect.They are trained to shoot to kill,ie head or chest. I know for a fact that it doesn`t take more than 2 rounds from a 9mm or 40cal. to stop a person dead.   Any more than that and they are enjoying it too much.



Ha Ha!  I would like to see your "skills" (without a weapon) on taking down a drunken idiot who has a loaded gun pointed in your direction!   While you laugh at people misspelling a word, I'll be laughing at you for thinking your an "expert" and bad a** as well. 


A better resolution to this problem is not allowing it to present itself.  I'm not a cop, but hats off to those who try to protect and serve this increasingly degenerate society!


  I can see you aren`t to good at understanding what you read so I`ll break it down for you. Now read this slowly.  I never said or I was an "expert" or a "bad#ss".  Unlike you,I have been in LE and know what it is like to face danger everyday. My point is that deadly force isn`t always the only way out. What do you think the tazer is for?  And just like a lot of police officers, I have taken many drunks down without using my weapon.  Believe it or not, LE has to know self defense and how to take the bad guy down without killing them.  I wasn`t at the scene and neither were you so neither of us can say what happened to cause the police to kill this person. All I was saying is that deadly force isn`t always the answer and way too many time deadly force is used when it shouldn`t be. And if you believe that  there are no trigger happy cops out there who live each day waiting to kill somebody,then you are just as uninformed and foolish as many of your  posts sound.  You better hope it isn`t one of your degenerate family members that they kill next time instead of making every effort to talk them down.  Maybe the shooting was justified,but I still believe their tazer would have achieved the same result without having to kill somebody.


  FST - You are a genius, and a LE scholar I see!  Sure, you have taken down drunks without using a weapon, however, i'm sure the drunks were not pointing a gun at you...   Stop speculating on the use of a tazer - I’m sure you would still have diarrhea of the keyboard if the cop used the tazer instead of his "brain" as you say.   Luckily I do not share the same concern you have about the degenerate family members.  Your message about "deadly force isn't always the answer" is quite obvious - anything more beyond the obvious from the LE scholar? 




 Help!  I am looking at Kid Rock right now and he is pointing a gun in my face !   Should I taze or shoot ? 

hancrack me up

 If they would've not been hicks & threw a knockout gas bomb in the house he would've been fine & dandy in an asylum.


JEEZEO survey! Loosen up those lace panties you have on Bubbie. No need to get so defensive.I was stating MY opinion and what MY past in LE has shown. I don`t recall ever asking you if you agreed with me or not. It is also obvious that you have trouble understanding what you read. What a blissful life you must lead.


look with the track record this dude had, he was gonna end up dead one way or another. One less drugged up idiot in the world.


raised arms does not mean he pointed a gun.. maybe he was putting his hands up in surrender?

see my posts on for further enlightenment..