Man with knife fatally shot by Summit County Sheriff's Deputy in Green

Disturbing Facebook post before deadly shooting

GREEN, Ohio - A disturbing Facebook post points to warning signs just hours before a Green man was fatally shot by a Summit County deputy outside his home at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Deputies responded to the home on Raber Road in Green after someone inside called 911 to report that a 52-year-old man and his father were fighting and that he was threatening to harm family members.

The 52-year-old man, identified as Jonathan Colley, answered the door with a knife in his hand, according to deputies.

Deputies told Colley to drop the knife and he did not, they report, so they shot him with a stun gun.

The stun gun "had little or no effect" on Colley, deputies said, and he continued toward them.

A deputy fired his gun multiple times and hit Colley once in the chin, once in the chest and one in the back of the right shoulder, according to the Summit County medical examiner.

"We are trained to stop the threat, so we aim center of mass on a human being," said Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry.

Deputies gave the man first aid until EMS arrived. Colley was pronounced dead at Akron City Hospital.

At about 11 p.m on Tuesday, Colley posted about being fired from his job on his Facebook page, adding that his life was coming to an end.

Underneath, in a comment, he wrote, "Going buy gun tomorrow."

The shooting is under investigation, the Summit County Sheriff's Office said. They have not named the deputy involved, but said he is a 19-year veteran on the force.

"It's tragic, but it appears by our initial investigation that the deputy did exactly what he was trained to do," Barry said.

They are also investigating why the stun gun did not seem to work.

Grumwell Cashero in Cleveland confirmed that Colley started working as a bricklayer for the company in May 2013, but would not say whether he was still an employee when he died.


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