UPDATE | Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Gallia County, Ohio

Published: Oct. 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM EDT
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Deputies are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Gallia County, Ohio.

It happened around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday in Addison Township.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says deputies were called to a breaking and entering at a home in the 1800 block of state Route 7 north near the Kanagua rest area.

"We are always responding to the unknown, especially when it is in a residential setting," said Sheriff Matt Champlin. "We don't know the specifics of what we are going into and details are typically limited. Our staff is trained to always respond with heightened awareness and use good tactics and good police procedures to conduct themselves."

When deputies arrived, they saw a door was open and found several people inside the residence. At least one shot was fired by a deputy.

Several people inside the residence were taken into custody and questioned and one person was taken to the hospital. They are listed in stable condition.

None of the deputies was hurt. The deputy who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave.

"Our protocol and our policy is that anytime an officer is involved in a shooting incident, they are immediately put on administrative leave," Champlin said. "That has nothing to do with whether the shooting was justified or non-justified. That is just a protocol that is followed until the investigation is complete."

Sheriff Champlin says deputies have responded to calls at the home before, but wouldn't comment on specifics.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is also investigating since the shooting involved a deputy.

"Our goal in this is to make sure we responded appropriately," Champlin said. "I have good faith in my officers that they responded appropriately and in a manner that is consistent with our policies."

The names of those involved have not been released.

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