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New Details Emerge in Deadly Officer Involved Shooting

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Published on Jan 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- We're learning a little bit more about what happened the night Officer Scott Conklin shot Caleb Surface through police radio transmissions. And we're learning more about Officer Conklin, the good and the bad, through his personnel file. The subject that were looking for is also potentially suicidal. He was asking to be shot and then he began to try to cut his wrists. Saturday night Fairfield police were looking for Caleb Surface after he ran away from his father's home on Spyglass Hill Court. There had been an altercation between Caleb, who was believed to be under the influence, and his father. Officer Scott Conklin encountered Caleb Surface nearby on Saint Andrews Court. Yeah, 2028 St. Andrews. I got him at gunpoint. He's claiming to have a firearm on him. 10 seconds later, shots were fired at 2028 St. Andrews Ct. Fairfield's Police Chief wanted to fire Officer Conklin last November. According to the documents in his personnel file, Conklin was having personal problems including a divorce and significant financial issues. He'd taken weeks of sick time, didn't show up for a court date or pay back a loan from a fellow police officer. His work had suffered, his superiors wrote that Conklin wasn't completing reports and his response time to calls was below average. The union had reached an agreement with the city so Officer Conklin could keep his job. There's no way to know whether his personal problems contributed to Saturday night's shooting. It is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. That office has no comment Tuesday afternoon. Officer Conklin also had some commendations in his personnel file. He is on standard administrative leave. He's worked at the Fairfield Police Department for 10 years. Before that, he worked at the Cincinnati Police Department for 5 years.

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