Shooting Evidence To Be Reviewed

Newark officer placed on routine administrative duties

By: Jason McAlister
Advocate Reporter

The Newark Advocate
March 21, 2006

NEWARK - Prosecutors will review police reports today from a shooting in which a Newark man, who police say was armed, was shot Sunday by a police officer.

The case could next be sent to a grand jury, which would determine both whether there is enough evidence to charge the man and if there was any wrong doing on the officer's part.

Joseph E. Bennington, 35, of 15272 Trentwood Drive, was in fair condition Monday at Ohio State University Hospital.

Patrolman Ronald R. Lewis, 36, who shot Bennington in the shoulder, is on administrative duty - standard police procedure during an investigation of such an incident, said Captain Al. Zellner of the Newark Police Department.