COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man says being wrongly identified as a suspect in a police officer’s shooting has caused his family turmoil and he plans on suing the police department.
A statewide alert issued last week had named Chaz Gillilan, of Coshocton, as a suspect in an alleged traffic-stop shooting in Newcomerstown, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of Cleveland. Newcomerstown police officer Bryan Eubanks, 37, originally claimed that individuals stopped in a black Chevrolet Geo Tracker shot him April 11.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s office says Eubanks made up the story to cover up an attempted suicide. Gillilan was in a holding cell for two hours before police let him go.
Gillilan told WCMH-TV he has a lengthy criminal record, but he says he would never shoot a police officer. He says people still treat him as if he was guilty, and his own mother second-guessed his innocence.
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“She’s like, ‘Why would they pick you out of everyone?” Gillilan said.
Gillilan said he is now considering moving his family out of town.
“The whole world knows where I live,” Gillilan said.
Police say Eubanks was fired Tuesday. Eubanks, who filed the report of a gunshot in his arm as work-related, could face charges.
Gillilan and his wife say they are filing a civil lawsuit against both the Coshocton and Newcomerstown police departments.
Eubanks couldn’t be reached for comment. No home telephone listing could be found for him.
Information from: WCMH-TV, http://www.nbc4i.com