Copley Township police and Summit County sheriff’s officials said Monday they have no new reports on the Aug. 7 shootings that left eight people dead and another person severely injured.
The township is investigating the shootings by Michael E. Hance, 51. Officials say he fired at least 21 times, killing Russell Johnson, Gudrun Johnson, Bryan Johnson, Autumn Johnson, Craig Dieter, Scott Dieter and Amelia Shambaugh.
Hance also shot his girlfriend, Rebecca Dieter, several times. She remains in an area hospital.
The sheriff’s office is looking at the actions of a Copley Township officer who ended the rampage by fatally shooting Hance outside a house on Schocalog Road.
Copley trustees Scott Dressler, Helen Humphrys and Dale Ann Panovich, along with Fiscal Officer Janice Marshall, have released an open letter to Copley residents:
“The events of the past week have shaken the Copley community and many who have witnessed the unspeakable tragedy that has taken place. No one could ever imagine the impact such an event could have on our otherwise peaceful community. We extend our deepest condolences to the families who fell victim to this senseless act.
“We want to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the incredible members of our safety forces, and those from our surrounding communities, who acted with such bravery and compassion during and after this event. In addition, we acknowledge and offer our thanks to all of you who offered assistance and prayers for the victims, their friends and families. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support for all who were involved.
“Copley Township is a wonderful community in which to live. We know that by standing strong together, Copley Township will continue to be one of the safest and nicest communities in Ohio in which to live.
“We thank you for your understanding and commitment to our community.”
The Shambaugh family also has released a statement to the community:
“Words cannot express how grateful we are for all the support and care, shown in so many ways, that we have received from our neighbors, friends and everyone in the community these past days. It has provided such great comfort and strength to us in this difficult time. Your prayers and thoughts and donations to the Humane Society and Amelia Shambaugh Memorial fund mean so much to us.
“Thank you to the doctors, nurses and co-workers at the ICU unit at Akron City Hospital for all their love and support.
“We also want to sincerely thank all the police departments involved and the very touching and personal involvement of the K-9 units, something very close to Amelia’s heart. Our special thanks also to Sarah Shendy, who is providing personal support to the family, in particular to Amelia’s sister, Lindsey.
“The Shambaugh family would like the Johnson family and the Dieter family to know that they are in their prayers.”