ODNR: Wildlife officer shot Sunday undergoes second surgery


By John Hamilton - and Tom Barr - News Journal



The wildlife officer who was shot Sunday while investigating a reported poaching has undergone a second surgery.

Kevin Behr “sustained serious injuries as the result of a gunshot wound on December 20,” Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Stephanie O’Grady told the News Journal Tuesday.

“While his condition is stable, he underwent a second surgery Monday evening.”

She added, “We ask for prayers for a full and speedy recovery.”

Three suspects charged in relation to Sunday’s incident will be arraigned in court next week.

Brian Liming, Thomas Davis and Bryan Achtermann — all of whom have now been released on bail from the Clinton County Jail — will be arraigned Tuesday morning in Clinton County Municipal Court on charges stemming from the incident late Sunday afternoon.

Liming, 49, of Xenia, currently faces charges of alleged weapons under disability, no deer permit, and hunting without permission. Davis, 35, of Jamestown, is charged with allegedly aiding an offender. Achtermann, 36, of Midland, is charged with alleged hunting without a license and no deer permit.

Wildlife officers were investigating a deer poaching complaint in the area of Macedonia Road and Martinsville Road when the shooting occurred.

Wildlife Investigator Kevin Behr, a 25-year veteran of the ODNR’s Division of Wildlife, sustained a gunshot wound during this investigation, authorities said.

Behr was transported to a trauma center via medical helicopter in stable condition, authorities stated Sunday night.

The case is being handled by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. Upon completion, it’ll be presented to the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office for possible additional charges.

If anyone has additional information relating to this case, they are asked to contact the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 937-382-1611.

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By John Hamilton

and Tom Barr

News Journal