Man killed by Beavercreek police charged at officers with knife

Fatal police shooting is first in Beavercreek’s history. 5-year veteran officer placed on leave.


BEAVERCREEK — With his 17-year-old son watching, an apparently intoxicated retired military man charged at police with an 8- to 10-inch-long kitchen knife Sunday before he was shot to death by a five-year veteran of the Beavercreek police force.

This first-ever fatal police-involved shooting by a Beavercreek officer will be considered by a grand jury to determine if it was lawful.

Officer Sean Williams killed retired Air Force Master Sgt. Scott A. Brogli, 45, on June 27 after police responded to 4052 Primrose Place about a domestic violence call involving Brogli’s wife. Williams fired once at Brogli, who was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital at 6:58 p.m.

“It’s not unusual to present that fact situation to a grand jury to make a determination as to whether or not it’s a lawful shooting or whether or not any charges should be filed,” Greene County Prosecutor Stephen K. Haller said.

A neighbor retrieved a Pelican gun case and handgun after Brogli tripped while chasing his wife, Jessica Wilson, 31, who ran down the stairs and drove away. Police arrived later to find Brogli on the floor of his apartment.

Brogli, who appeared “too intoxicated to do anything” — according to a neighbor’s 911 call at 6:33 p.m. — stood up when officers entered. Police Chief John B. Turner said the man ignored officers’ commands.

“Domestic violence is one of our most serious cases,” Turner said. “(It’s) the unknowns that can come up responding to calls of this nature. It’s probably one of the most dangerous calls to respond to.”

The chief would not divulge the nature or extent of Wilson’s injuries, from what range the shot was fired, where Brogli was shot or whose blood was spilled on steps heading down to the parking lot.

Montgomery County Coroner Ken Betz said the bullet that hit Brogli penetrated just right of the midline of the chest and went through his body. Betz said the shot came “front to back, slightly left to right and (had) a wound in the chest.”

As per departmental policy, Williams is on paid leave until the investigations are complete.

By noon Monday, detectives had taken down the crime scene tape and carried evidence from the apartment, leaving neighbors to contemplate the situation.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Crime

Study: DPS should focus on high-performing schools
Study: DPS should focus on high-performing schools

Too few Ohio students are on track to be college- or career-ready when they graduate high school, and the state’s largest urban districts, such as Dayton Public Schools, lag even further in student achievement. That’s according to a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study released Tuesday suggesting DPS and other large districts should focus...
Champaign County Pet of the Week
Champaign County Pet of the Week

Gus is a 4-month-old male kitten. He is friendly; however, he is a bit on the cautious side. Gus loves being petted and held, but noises and fast movement can scare him. He would probably do better in a home that is on the low activity side. Gus has been neutered, is up to date on vaccinations and has tested negative for feline leukemia. Come spend...
Opinion: President Trump 2.0: No more ‘Crazy Maxine’?

Did anyone expect at least a hint of humility from President Donald Trump after Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives? If so, they don’t know our transactional president. Almost lost in his occasionally hostile exchanges with reporters Wednesday at his first news conference after the midterms was the olive branch he offered to...
Opinion: Sessions’ firing displays Trump’s strange definition of loyalty

The day after the midterm elections, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him at least temporarily with a more pliable loyalist. When Sessions got the news on Wednesday, he asked if he could finish the week. Nope. Close of business today was the answer. Now, as a matter of law, Sessions wasn’t fired. The president asked...
Youth in Ohio foster care face more placements, barriers to adulthood
Youth in Ohio foster care face more placements, barriers to adulthood

Youth age 14 and older in Ohio’s child wefare system experience more foster placements — which can be disruptive and traumatic — than those in other states, a new report shows. Compared to a nationwide average, those in Ohio are 8 percent more likely to be moved more frequently, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation report released...
More Stories