06-18-2009: Home invasion suspect killed during confrontation with deputy.
Pike County Sheriff Richard N. Henderson resports that today at approximately 1:00 p.m. Deputies were requested by the United States Marshals Service and the Ohio State Highway Patrol to assist in locating the individual identified as Stephen R. Kirk, age 34, of Columbus, OH. The U.S. Marshals Service had apparently went to a residence in an attempt to arrest Kirk for warrants from Columbus, Ohio for Burglary/Forced entry into a residence and from Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for a parole violation. Upon finding Kirk, it was reported that he had fled on foot in the area.
Sheriff Henderson further reports that at approximately 3:28 p.m. today the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call stating that Kirk was walking on Church St. in Beaver. Sheriff Henderson reports that a nearby Patrol Deputy responded to the area and located Kirk at which point a Deputy responded to the area and located Kirk at which point a confrontation followed resulting in the Deputy discharging his sidearm at Kirk. Kirk was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Pike County Coroner’s Office has ordered an autopsy.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Indentification was called to the scene to conduct the investigation.