Ohio BCI finishes probe of Girard cop killing

By Samantha Phillips



The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has sent its findings in the shooting of Girard police officer Justin Leo to the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s office.

Leo, 31, was shot and killed by Jason Marble, 37, while answering a domestic call at 408 Indiana Ave. on Oct. 21, 2017. Another officer on the scene returned fire and killed Marble, a police report said. That officer was put on paid administrative leave.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said he will review the findings over the next few weeks, and must review all of the BCI documents before releasing the name of the officer involved or any new case details.

In a 911 call the night of the shooting, Marble’s girlfriend, Angela Jones-Diana, said she left the house because Marble scared her kids. Jones-Diana told dispatch that Marble had four guns and was drinking all day.

Adam Fletcher, 34, of Warren, was inside the house when the shooting occurred. After the shooting, Fletcher called 911 and fled out the back door, according to a dispatch report.

Fletcher was arrested Oct. 22 by Niles police for violating his probation on a 2013 burglary conviction.

On Nov. 21, Fletcher was sentenced to spend four to six months in the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program. He was released from the Trumbull County Jail on Nov. 28.

Signs displaying messages such as “We love you, Leo” and pictures of his badge with his number 324 are still seen throughout the city.

“The support is still strong,” said Pat Leo, Justin’s mother. “There are so many gestures of kindness, people pick up dinner or something to drink for us, there are so many ways they show they are still thinking about us. We are still receiving cards, and those gestures of kindness mean an awful lot.”

David Leo, Justin’s father, is the scholarship chairman of the Trumbull County Chapter of the National Association of the Wolves. He said he is working with the Youngstown State University Foundation to set up a scholarship fund in Justin’s honor. David and Pat Leo are involved in creating fundraisers that will replenish the fund, because they would like the scholarships to be given yearly.

David Leo will be awarding several Wolves scholarships totaling $20,000 to Girard students in May from the money the community donated to the fund after the loss of his son.

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