Ex-cop says acting to stop Ohio gunman was natural

August 9, 2011 - 7:29 AM
Ohio Shooting

This photograph of a projected image shown at a police news conference in Copley, Ohio Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, shows Michael E. Hance. According to police, Hance shot and severely wounded his live-in girlfriend, Rebecca Dieter, then killed seven family members at several locations in their Copley neighborhood Sunday. Hance was shot and killed by Copley police. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

COPLEY, Ohio (AP) — A former police officer says he got involved in a gun battle with an Ohio man who police say shot and killed seven people because, as he puts it, "it's part of my DNA."

Keith Lavery tells WKYC-TV of Cleveland he doesn't consider himself a hero. He lives in the neighborhood near Akron where police say 51-year-old Michael Hance stalked people and gunned them down Sunday morning. His victims included an 11-year-old boy. Hance was killed in the shootout with police and Lavery.

Authorities are still trying to work out details and a motive. Neighbors say Hance's actions followed a dispute over a home that once belonged to the parents of his girlfriend, who was shot but survived.

Lavery says he feels terrible for everybody involved, including Hance.

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Information from: WKYC-TV, http://www.wkyc.com