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Allen County Prosecutor's Office

Sheriff: SWAT shooting unfortunate but justified

By J Swygart -

SOURCE:  Lima News

LIMA — Shotguns, rifles and tear gas were deployed by members of the Allen County SWAT team on the morning of Sept. 3 as a Spencerville man driving a stolen semi-tractor dangerously weaved his way across two counties and eventually to his death.

Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia held a press conference Monday morning during which he offered some previously unreported details about the series of events that ended on that September morning, when SWAT officers shot and killed Terry Pierce Jr. in western Van Wert County.

Pierce, 46, led police on a two-hour chase that began when a Spencerville police officer observed the man driving a stolen semi tractor. That chase led to U.S. 30, with Pierce driving erratically and threatening to ram a school bus with the stolen semi and to harm others if police didn’t back away from the pursuit.

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