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.