Man killed during altercation with Franklin County SWAT officers identified

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died after an altercation with the SWAT team in Ashville last week.

Dewayne M. Tackett, 38, of the Southeast Side, died June 20 in Ashville. 

Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Marc Gofstein told The Dispatch on June 20 that Tackett had originally been spotted with a firearm around 3:30 p.m. that day by Fairfield County deputy sheriffs before apparently heading to Hamilton Township in southern Franklin County. A description of Tackett was aired on police radio and a Rickenbacker Airport police officer spotted Tackett’s vehicle within a short time.

That pursuit ultimately ended in an apartment complex on the 800 block of Long Street in Ashville.

Gofstein said an officer from a Pickaway County department had tried to get Tackett out of his vehicle and used a stun gun on him, but that effort failed, prompting Tackett to move the vehicle a short distance within the complex.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was mobilized to assist and attempted to negotiate with Tackett, Gofstein said.

Negotiations deteriorated and the situation escalated to the point where shots were fired around 6:25 p.m. that evening, he said. Further details about the escalation of the situation are not yet able to be released due to an ongoing investigation, Gofstein said Monday.

The sheriff’s office has not yet identified the deputies who fired their weapons. An autopsy was conducted by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to determine how exactly Tackett died, either from a bullet fired by a deputy or by a self-inflicted wound.

The results of that autopsy have not yet been released. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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