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UPDATE: Pickaway Law Enforcement Release Statement on OCU Incident


PICKAWAY – Sheriff Matthew O. Hafey and Chief Shawn Baer are reporting on September 14, 2022, at 5:51 AM the Circleville Communications Center received a call of a vehicle that crashed into the Ministry and Performing Arts Center on the campus of the Ohio Christian University.

Officers from the Circleville Police Department arrived on the scene around 5:58 AM and Deputies from the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office arrived minutes later. Officers located a male subject around a firepit on campus with a gun to his head.

Ohio Christian University was put on lockdown and the Circleville City Schools were put on a delay, to ensure the safety of students and staff.

After approximately two hours of negotiations, the male subject was taken into custody without incident.

During the negations, a perimeter was set up to ensure the safety of the students on campus. The male subject was identified as Vale L. Raburn 24-year-old male from Lancaster, Ohio.

Detectives from both agencies were on scene to assist in processing the scene. In doing so, they learned that Vale Raburn fired a round from his handgun into the Ministry and Performing Arts Center front doors.
Vale Raburn reached in through the broken glass, unlocked the doors and entered the unoccupied building.

Officers entered the front of the building looking for him, as they did so, he exited the backdoor of the building.

The Circleville Police Department transported Vale Raburn to the Pickaway County Jail. The Circleville Police Department charged Vale Raburn with Inducing Panic a Felony of the Second Degree, Improper Handling of a Firearm While in a Motor Vehicle a Felony of the Fourth Degree, Disruption of Public Services a Felony of Fourth Degree and Vandalism a Felony of the Fifth Degree.

Vale Raburn will be arraigned on these charges in the Circleville Municipal Court on September 15, 2022. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Christian University Security, and Circleville EMS assisted on the scene as well.

“Sheriff Hafey and Chief Baer would like to thank their staff for their quick response and for resolving this incident peacefully. We would also like to thank Ohio Christian University and Circleville City Schools for their understanding and cooperation in this matter. This case remains under investigation by the Circleville Police Department and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office assisting them.”