A Police Officer Will Not Face Charges After He Shot and Killed Lucas Gainforth, 24, on Jan. 2 at Dutch Hills Mobile Home Park in Bath Township
Clinton County Prosecutor William E. Hickman announced Friday that no charges will be brought against an officer involved in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Lucas Gainforth at Dutch Hills Mobile Home Park on January 2. Gainforth had exited his home pointing two weapons at officers and his mother when asked by both of them to drop them.
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Lucas Charles Gainforth, 24, died January 2 at Dutch Hills Mobile Home Park in Bath Township. Clinton County Prosecutor Tony Spagnuolo announced on January 6 that Sgt. Hamilton from Bath Township’s police force would not face charges for shooting Gainforth due to domestic violence allegations; body camera footage shows Gainforth leaving with two pistols pointed at officers and his mother when leaving the residence and Spagnuolo believes any reasonable officer in that position would have believed both Gainforth’s life as well as theirs was threatened at that moment in time.
Pauline Heinz was an esteemed wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who found great pleasure in spending time with her large extended Volk and Gainforth families, crossword puzzles and attending Pistons games. Additionally, Pauline was active at her local church where she served on multiple committees. Pauline is survived by her children, grandchildren and their spouses as well as Tim and Mark Heinz from Akron; friends at Mayfair with whom she enjoyed darts; as well as many relatives from Akron who she played darts games with.
Lucas Charles Gainforth was shot and killed by Bath Township police on January 2 at Dutch Hills mobile home park near Lansing. Body camera footage shows Gainforth exiting his home with two guns pointed at officers and his mother before being shot dead by officers from Bath Township police. Clinton County Prosecutor Tony Spagnuolo has determined the officer’s use of lethal force was appropriate under the circumstances and no charges will be brought.
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Lucas Charles Gainforth, 24, of Bath Township was shot and killed on Jan. 2 by a police officer responding to a domestic dispute at his Dutch Hills mobile home park home. The officer involved has not been charged. Gainforth leaves behind his mother Pauline Jo Volk Gainforth of Akron; brothers Matthew and Andrew; sister Sheena Smith from Hemlock; as well as many friends at Mayfair Mobile Home Park where he loved playing darts and collecting hats.
Clinton County Prosecutor Tony Spagnuolo determined that an officer did not violate any legal obligations after shooting and killing 24-year-old Lucas Gainforth at Dutch Hills mobile home park in Bath Township on January 2. Spagnuolo justified this action due to an objective reasonable belief that both Gainforth’s life and that of his mother were in imminent danger, according to body camera footage showing Gainforth exiting a home armed with two guns that appeared genuine; body cam footage shows them being pointed at officers; according to him there would have been no way for them or them not knowing otherwise had there been no way for them not have been fired due to being unaware.
Gainforth was survived by his mother Barbara Gainforth of Bath; sister Lisa Gainforth from Akron; and numerous nieces and nephews. He enjoyed darts, crossword puzzles and watching the Pistons.