Man named in Newcomerstown officer's fabricated shooting considers suing

Newcomerstown officer made up story about being shot

COSHOCTON, Ohio -- An Ohio man says being identified as a suspect in a police officer's shooting caused turmoil for his family, even though he was quickly cleared and investigators concluded the officer tried to kill himself and fabricated a cover-up story.

A statewide alert named Chaz Gillilan as a suspect in what was reported as an April 11 traffic-stop shooting in Newcomerstown, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of Cleveland. Gillilan tells WCMH-TV ( that images of his home and his distinctly tattooed face still appear online, linking him to the injured officer.

The Coshocton man says people now look at him suspiciously, and even his mother questioned his innocence. Gillilan has a lengthy criminal record but says he wouldn't shoot an officer.

He says he's considering a lawsuit against police.

© 2017 Associated Press


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