Centerville sought $1,375.56 in losses from the maker of a false active shooter report case stemming from an April 2018 incident.
The case involved Michael Knab calling 9-1-1 to report an active shooter at his home, according to court records.
It was determined that there was no active shooter, and Knab was charged with and convicted of making a false report and improper use of the 9-1-1 system.
As part of his sentence, Knab was ordered to pay $1,375.56 in restitution to the city. But that decision was eventually reversed by the Second District Court of Appeals.
The supreme court’s ruling affirmed the appeals court decision. Concurring with French’s ruling were Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Justices Patrick F. Fischer, R. Patrick DeWine and Melody J. Stewart.
Justices Michael P. Donnelly and Justice Sharon L. Kennedy concurred in judgment only, with Kennedy issuing a concurring opinion.
“We are disappointed the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision failed to find that municipalities can be considered victims of crime,” Centerville Police Chief Matt Brown said in the city’s statement.
“The caller in this case was convicted for breaking the law. His false claims of an active shooter in our city wasted taxpayer-funded resources, and compromised officers' ability to respond to legitimate emergency calls,” he said.