Rockford Ohio –On April 26,2023 the Mercer County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call. A male was yelling on the phone about someone with a gun. The call was disconnected before any other information could be obtained. Rockford Police Chief Paul May was alerted to the call and possible location, while Chief May was responding to the call he observed a dark van with an unknown driver leaving the area and conducted a traffic stop. Chief May made contact with the driver and ordered him out of the vehicle. The male followed orders and while walking back to Chief May a firearm was observed in the pocket and measures were taken to insure the safety of the Officer and suspect.
Chief May reports that Ryan Whittle (28) of Minster Ohio was placed under arrest for aggravated burglary and transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Center. Whittle is being held on no bond and waiting for a Mercer County Common Pleas court hearing. An Investigation is pending with Celina Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Why was he stopped? Why was he “ordered” out of the vehicle? He followed orders and was walking back to the Chief “when a firearm was observed in “the pocket.” Who did this “pocket” belong to? What “measures” were taken to “insure the safety of the Officer and suspect?” This “black” van the suspect was driving is suspicious? If the collar was made by The Chief, then why is Celina Police AND Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigating? It doesn’t add up, Barney.