SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Police say the suspect in a fatal weekend shooting of a western Ohio sheriff's deputy had been committed to a mental facility after a 2001 standoff at a camping area in another part of the state.
Morgan County Sheriff Tom Jenkins said Monday that Michael Ferryman fired several times at deputies during the earlier standoff in central Ohio. They had responded to complaints that Ferryman shot at other campers who took firewood from a community pile. No one was hurt.
Jenkins says Ferryman was found not guilty of felonious assault by reason of insanity in 2003 and committed. He was released in 2005.
The 57-year-old Ferryman and Clark County Deputy Suzanne Hopper died in Saturday's shooting near Springfield, about 100 miles east of the 2001 shooting. Another police officer was wounded.