CRAWFORD COUNTY, OH – Jason Tupps, a Crawford County Corrections Officer of 20 years, has resigned following a 6-count indictment.
On July 9th, Crawford County Dispatch received a call from Tupps, who was holding a young woman at gunpoint, claiming that she had “rammed into his car” and attempted to flee. The off-duty officer can be heard in the 911 call telling the young woman, “don’t you move or I will shoot you.”
Tupps was found to be intoxicated at the time of the incident and has since been charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle under the influence, using weapons while intoxicated, aggravated menacing, and abduction. His arraignment hearing took place on July 24th, and Tupps was granted a personal recognizance bond.
On the morning of August 6th, the officer’s letter of resignation was submitted. He states, “I resign because I know that, once this matter has concluded and I am determined innocent of the allegations lodged against me by the State of Ohio, there is no way for me to come back to work; and it would be unfair of me to ask you or any other officer to have me back in this office as a peace officer. I thank you for the opportunity to serve this community. I am sorry that our relationship has been forced to end on these terms.”