Former Newcomerstown officer indicted on charges after making up story about being shot

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio - A former Newcomerstown officer was indicted on Wednesday for making up a story about being shot.

On April 11, then-officer Bryan Eubanks claimed he was shot by individuals in a black Geo Tracker, whom he reported he had pursued up Johnson Hill Road.

Eubanks, 37, is now charged with: 

  • One count of inducing panic, a felony of the fifth degree
  • One count of making false alarms, a felony of the fifth degree
  • Two counts of tampering with evidence, felonies of the third degree 
  • One count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree
  • One count of workers' compensation fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree

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Eubanks shot himself during a failed suicide attempt and he was later fired from the force.

An investigation also found Eubanks allegedly forged workers' compensation documents to apply for benefits after his self-inflicted injury.

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