Delaware County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 11:15 a.m. today (June 6), 2018. The caller indicated that her husband had returned from work and was not acting right, was tearing up the house, and was threatening her with weapons. The wife indicated there were multiple guns and knives at the residence.
Upon deputies’ arrival at 11:25 a.m. to the 11000 block of Kilbourne Road (in Kingston Township), they encountered 47-year-old Brian Puskas who was in his yard armed and acting erratically. Deputies negotiated with Puskas for several minutes in the front yard of his residence but were unable to get him to comply. Puskas was eventually shot by deputies, who immediately rendered first aid and called for medical assistance. Puskas was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from the wounds.
Per the Sheriff’s Office policy, the deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The investigation will be conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.
The deputies involved were: Deputy Troy Gibson 18 years’ service as deputy with DCSO; currently K-9 deputy and member of the Drug Task Force. Sergeant Robert Spring 24 years’ service as deputy with DCSO; current Patrol Sergeant, previous K-9 deputy and Tactical Unit member. Deputy Zachary Swick 2+ years’ services with DCSO – 1.4 years as Corrections Officer and just under 1 year as deputy.
All three deputies are Crisis Intervention Trained and Certified; all three are also CPR and Critical Injury First-Aid Certified.
Information for this story was provided by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, www.delawarecountysheriff.com