Peterson Road Standoff

MANSFIELD — A Mansfield police officer returned to work Tuesday after being placed on administrative leave following his involvement with a fatal shooting in Mifflin Township.  

Officer Paul Webb Jr. was reinstated after the Mansfield Division of Police completed an initial administrative review of the Aug. 4 shooting of Sean Rowe, Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch said Tuesday.

The shooting came hours into a stand-off with law enforcement outside of Rowe's home at 3340 Peterson Road.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the primary investigation into the shooting. A spokesman for the agency said the investigation is still ongoing.

Rod Roose, an Ontario Police officer, also fired his weapon. Ontario police Chief Tom Hill was not immediately available to comment on Roose's status.

Both officers are part of the Allied Special Operations Response Team, or ASORT, a local SWAT team. 

Following protocol, they were placed on administrative leave following the shooting. Neither officers received injuries.

An autopsy on Rowe's body found he was hit by at least six bullets. Lee D. Lehman, chief deputy coroner of Montgomery County, conducted the autopsy.

Lehman said in the report that Rowe died of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide.

The rounds hit him in the chest, his right arm, his left forearm, his abdomen and two bullets hit him in the right thigh, the report found. Rowe also received blunt force trauma on his chest and right thigh. 

The autopsy also found traces of marijuana in his system and a blood alcohol content of 0.254%, more than three times Ohio's legal driving limit of 0.08%.

Rowe, a 38-year-old Army veteran, drew national attention around six years ago when he founded a group aimed at fighting ISIS.

He served in the Army for eight years before being honorably discharged with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rowe's family has contended police exacerbated his PTSD on the day of the stand-off when an armored vehicle rammed into the house's garage.

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