Who is Nicholas Mitchell? Shootout between the man & Sgt. Eric Kocheran video released

Columbus, Ohio- The Ross County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance footage that shows the interactions between a guy and a deputy before their gunfight. Let’s see who Nicholas Mitchell is and about the Shootout between the man & Sgt. Eric Kocheran in detail.

Who is Nicholas Mitchell?

Attorney General of Ohio Dave Yost claims that Sgt. Eric Kocheran and a suspect engaged in gunfire right outside the Ross County Sheriff’s Office. Kocheran was struck and suffered significant injuries, as did the suspect.

The suspect, later identified as Nicholas Mitchell, 42, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died of his wounds.

When did the shootout happen?

Source : WBNS 10TV

The incident took place at the Chillicothe sheriff’s office on Thursday at about 5 p.m.

Nicholas Mitchell, 42, is seen in the footage moving around the structure and heading toward a door on the sheriff’s office’s back side.

Before walking into a parking lot, Mitchell then slams on a full-length window by the entrance.
About 20 seconds later, Sgt. Eric Kocheran unlocks the door.

Mitchell requests assistance and requests Kocheran to call for a few additional police officers in the body camera footage from Kocheran’s shift.

“Has to do this”

Mitchell responds that someone threatened to harm his family and wanted him to harm children when questioned why. After saying he can’t do that, he pulls out a revolver and declares he “has to do this“.

In response, Kocheran pulls a gun and orders Mitchell to put the weapon down several times.

Source : WBNS 10TV

Kocheran orders Mitchell to put down his gun as he draws his firearm and partially closes the door. He gives the command a few times more before Mitchell fires his first shot.
Mitchell is on the ground after the gunshots have ended.

What happened after the gunshoot?

Kocheran came from behind the door and fired at Mitchell as he paced back and forth. The body camera of the deputy captured Mitchell firing first before Kocheran returned. 

According to the audio from the body camera, eight rounds were fired.After being shot, Mitchell collapsed, his rifle flashing once again. Then Kocheran went back into the building.

What happened to them?

According to the sheriff’s office, Mithcell was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital in the Chillicothe region.

Kocheran was transported quickly to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. His condition is serious, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. He is stable, the sheriff’s office reported.

Ross County Sgt. Eric Kocheran.

(Courtesy : Ross County Sheriff’s Office)

It’s unclear what caused Mitchell to start firing during the shooting, which took place on Thursday between 4:45 and 5 p.m.

Attorney General Dave Yost Statement

Attorney General Dave Yost said in a release on Friday, November 18,“Every officer puts on the uniform in the morning knowing that today could be the day they face a deadly attack – and they go to work anyway.”

“Sgt. Kocheran demonstrated that daily dose of courage. I ask for prayers for his recovery and for his family, who face a trauma I would wish for no one.”

Witnesses statement

On Thursday night, witnesses close to the location told Nexstar’s NBC4 that Paint Street had significant police presence, but they were unsure of why. 

According to spokesperson Steve Irwin, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to the location at the time of the incident. Irwin, however, was unable to provide any information  regarding the shooting’s origin.


According to Yost’s statement on Friday, the Ross County Sheriff asked BCI to look into the shooting.

The Ross County Prosecutor’s Office will receive the bureau’s findings after it has completed its investigation.

The case is still under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The BCI has looked into 55 officer-involved shootings so far in 2022.

Further investigation by ABC 6/FOX 28 revealed that Mitchell had no criminal history in Ross County. The inquiry is being handled by Ohio BCI.

People Comments

People have been commenting about the incident and the brave act of the Ross County Sgt. Eric Kocheran.

TacticsFanatic wrote,

“The deputy could have let the door close and called for backup while he stayed in cover. But that would have left an unstable man with a gun drawn in public. The deputy also could have started shooting without saying a word to the man. But maybe the man could be talked down.

No, the deputy chose to put his life on the line to try to calm the shooter down while drawing his gun to protect the public if that proved impossible. He chose a path that offered the greatest chance of life to everyone but himself.

You have to respect the courage of this deputy. I hope this does not cost him his life.”

Wolfie1911 wrote,

“The suspect had every opportunity to put the weapon down and he didn’t.”

RindaLynn tweeted,

“Oh my. Too close to home. Prayers to our neighboring county. 🥺🥺🥺”


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