For Immediate Release
Greene County Man Who Allegedly Shot ODNR Officer Charged Federally With Illegal Gun Possession
CINCINNATI – A Greene County man was arrested by federal ATF agents on an illegal gun possession charge that stems from an incident in which an Ohio wildlife officer was shot.
Brian R. Liming, 44, of Jamestown, Ohio, was charged by a federal grand jury on April 14. His case was unsealed today, and he appeared in federal court this afternoon.
According to the indictment, on Dec. 20, 2020, Liming illegally possessed a loaded 20-gauge shotgun. On that date, an officer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was shot while investigating illegal deer hunting near Martinsville, Ohio.
Liming was previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Possessing a firearm or ammunition after having been convicted of a crime of domestic violence is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Liming is currently out on bond on charges in the Clinton County Common Pleas Court, including felony assault and misdemeanor hunting charges related to the shooting. His Clinton County charges remain pending.
Vipal J. Patel, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Roland Herndon, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), announced the charges. Assistant United States Attorney Ashley N. Brucato and Adam Cullman, Department of Justice Trial Attorney from the Environment and Natural Resources Division are representing the United States in this case.
An indictment is merely an allegation, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.