Grand Jury Votes Not to Indict Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies in the 2022 Shooting Death of Pozz Striblin

Posted on 12/16/2022


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Franklin County grand jury voted on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, not to indict two Franklin County Sheriff's Office SWAT deputies in the fatal shooting of Pozz Striblin, 20, of Columbus. As a result, the criminal investigation into the incident has concluded.

On June 7, 2022, Franklin County Sheriff's Office SWAT deputies were in the area of 2280 Stelzer Road, where they attempted to serve an active felony warrant for Striblin's arrest. The deputies were aware that Striblin was a person of interest in a double homicide that occurred several days before.

As the car carrying Striblin began to back out of a parking space, deputies blocked the vehicle, ordering the occupants to get out. Although other occupants in the car complied with the deputies' orders, Striblin exited the vehicle's front passenger seat with a handgun in his right hand. As he passed the front of the car, Striblin moved the handgun in the direction of deputies. In response, two deputies fired multiple rounds, striking Striblin three times. Medics pronounced Striblin deceased at the scene.

Special Agents with the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the probe. The matter was referred to the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for presentation to the Franklin County Grand Jury.

A grand jury only considers whether a crime has been committed and, in this incident, whether any degree of unlawful criminal homicide occurred.