Shot Clearcreek Twp. officer returns to hospital for additional treatment

A Clearcreek Twp. police officer released from the hospital July 20 after being shot by a man a little more than a week earlier while investigating a domestic dispute was readmitted to Miami Valley Hospital on Friday.

Officer Eric Ney was suffering from breathing issues and a pair of blood clots in the arteries to his lungs, according to police Chief John Terrill.

Terrill said Ney had been at the hospital for additional scans as doctors searched for a bullet fragment in his brain that may have moved to another place in his head. He said Ney’s jaw was broken by the gunshot.

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“He was admitted for pneumonia,” Terrill said.

On Saturday, Ney’s wife Lisa posted to Facebook that her husband had experienced chest pain and he was readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Terrill described Ney’s family as being worn out. “Every time he takes a couple of steps forward, they end up taking a couple of steps back,” Terrill said.

Ney, a 14-year veteran of the force, was shot July 12 while responding to a domestic disturbance in the 5900 block of north Ohio 48 in Warren County. Ney was transported by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he remained in the intensive care unit until his transfer to a rehab unit last week.

On July 12, police arrived at the farm of Mark Evers around 7:16 p.m. on a domestic disturbance call. Evers was using his Gator ATV to ram into his wife’s vehicle multiple times. Terrill said officers had been to the Evers farm in the past for neighborhood disturbances and that officers were aware he could be armed.

Evers, 65, eventually began talking with police, then suddenly fired two shots at Ney. Sgt. Nicole Cordero returned fire, shooting Evers. Evers also shot himself, and died at the scene. State investigators have not yet determined if the fatal shot came from Cordero or was self-inflicted.

Terrill said this was the first officer-involved shooting and first shooting of a township police officer in the department’s history. Clearcreek Twp.’s police department was founded in 1975.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken the lead on the investigation on the shooting of the officer as well as the shooting of Evers.

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