Fayette Authorities ID Wounded Deputy, Suspect in Fatal Police Shooting

Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth has released the name of the person shot and killed by deputies early Sunday morning following an incident at the Quality Inn/Amerihost at 10160 Carr Road in the Village of Jeffersonville in northwest Fayette County.  

Eric Jamar Lupain Stromer, 22, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.      


Sgt. Todd Oesterle and Deputy Jason Havens were dispatched to the motel on Sunday morning approximately 12:43 a.m. to investigate a disturbance inside the establishment.  Deputies contacted Stromer and other parties involved and de-escalated the problem.  Prior to departing the establishment, a second incident occurred and deputies were called back to the area of the first reported disturbance.   During this investigation deputies placed Stromer under arrest and while in the process of securing him, a female identified as Elissa Deja Garrison, 21, of Columbus, reportedly interfered during the arrest of Stromer and was subsequently subdued by deputies with use of a Taser. Stromer used a handgun he possessed, shooting Sgt. Oesterle. The deputies returned fire, fatally wounding Stromer.   

Sgt. Oesterle was airlifted from the scene by Med-Flight helicopter to a Columbus area trauma center for medical treatment. Garrison was taken into custody and later transported to the Fayette County Jail, charged with Complicity to Felonious Assault and Obstructing Official Business.  Garrison was arraigned in the Washington Court House Municipal Court and is being held on a $125,000.00 bond.  

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were requested to conduct the investigation and detectives and agents from those agencies are continuing their investigation.  Also responding to the scene were members of the Washington Court House Police Department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jefferson Township Fire Department, and Fayette County EMS. 

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