2011 Copley Township, Ohio shooting

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Copley Township shootings
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Michael Hance
Location Copley Township, Ohio, USA
Date August 7, 2011
11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time Zone)
Attack type
Mass murder, home invasion
Deaths 8 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Michael E. Hance

The Copley Township shooting was a mass murder conducted by Michael E. Hance, 51, in Copley Township, Summit County, Ohio on August 7, 2011. Seven people were shot dead before the gunman was shot and killed by Copley Police Officer Ben Campbell.


Using two handguns, including a Hi-Point .45 ACP, which he bought from a pawn shop five days before, and a .357 Magnum six-shot revolver he bought from the same location in 2005, Hance shot seven people before shooting his girlfriend Rebecca K. Dieter, who was the only survivor. Hance shot and killed Autumn Johnson, 16, and her grandparents, Russell Johnson, 67 and Gudrun Johnson, 64. Craig Dieter, 51 — Rebecca's brother — and Amelia Shambaugh, 16, were also killed. Hance then chased Bryan Johnson, 44 — the father of Autumn Johnson — northward, and shot him to death in a nearby driveway.

Hance then followed victim Craig Dieter's son, 11-year-old Scott Dieter, into a neighboring house, where he was then shot and killed. As Hance was leaving the house, Officer Ben Campbell spotted him along with former Copley Township Policeman Keith Lavery and together they issued commands, which Hance ignored, raising his gun instead. In response, Campbell and Lavery shot at Hance with rounds from Campbells rifle ultimately killing Hance.[1][2][3]


  • Russell Lee Johnson, 67
  • Gudrun Marie Scheiner Johnson, 64
  • Bryan Richard Johnson, 44
  • Autumn Marie Johnson, 16
  • Amelia Lynn Shambaugh, 16
  • Craig Brian Eric Dieter, 51
  • Scott Calvin Dieter, 11


  1. ^ "Ohio police shoot man dead after 'domestic killings'". BBC News. August 7, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Remizowski (August 8, 2011). "Police name suspect in Ohio shooting spree". CNN. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Police ID Copley Shooting Rampage Gunman, Chicago Tribune (August 8, 2011)