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2 officers placed on administrative leave after shooting, killing suspect in Richland County standoff

A representative tells 3News that the decision is per department policy.
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RICHLAND COUNTY, OHIO, Ohio — The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place in Mifflin Township Wednesday afternoon. 

According to officials, two officers have been placed on administrative leave after members with the Ontario Police Department, the Mansfield Police Department, and the Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force arrived at a residence on Peterson Road to serve a felony arrest warrant and a search warrant. 

Police say that the man was given 31 days to turn himself in after an initial confrontation that took place on July 4. Not only did the suspect not turn himself in to police, several citizens later complained to police that the man threatened them and violated weapons laws. 

After a lengthy standoff with the suspect, pepper gas rounds were launched into the house by law enforcement officials without success. While the man was standing on the front deck of the home, two law enforcement agents were able to gain access to the home. Upon reentry, the suspect then allegedly threatened the officers with a weapon, and after failed attempts to subdue the suspect without deadly force, two officers shot the unidentified man. 

Emergency Medical Service workers quickly responded to the suspect and he was transported to Ohio Health-Mansfield, but later died from his injuries. 

As per department policies, an eight-year veteran of the Mansfield Police Department and a 10-year-veteran of the Ontario Police Department, have been placed on leave at this time. 

BCI is handling the investigation and the Richland County Prosecutor's Office is aware of the incident, according to officials. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates. 

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