Man killed by deputies in Delaware County identified


DELAWARE COUNTY - Authorities are investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Delaware County that left one man dead.

It happened outside a home in the 11000 block of Kilbourne Road, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to the area after a woman called 911 saying her husband came home from work early and was acting erratically, threatening her with weapons.

The woman indicated there were multiple guns and knives in the residence. The woman reportedly left and went to a neighbor's house. She told dispatchers when she left her house, her husband came out with a rifle.

When deputies arrived, at 11:25 a.m. the man, identified as Brian Puskas, 47, was in his yard and behaving 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 sheriff's office identified the deputies involved as Troy Gibson, an 18-year veteran of the Delaware County sheriff's office, sergeant Robert Spring who has 24 years of experience with the sheriff's office, and Zachary Swick who has been with the sheriff's office for more than two years but has spent less than one year as a deputy.

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