Coshocton man wrongly accused in shooting fears for family after being labeled as ‘the man who shot a cop’

COSHOCTON, OH (WCMH) — The man who was named as a suspect during last week’s Blue Alert admits he has a lengthy criminal record, but he insists he’s no cop killer.

Chaz Gillilan says photos of his face remain across the internet labeled as “the man who shot a cop.” This comes after investigators say a Newcomerstown police officer fabricated a story about being shot, to cover up the officer’s suicide attempt. That shooting led to a statewide Blue Alert, with Gillilan being named as a suspect.

Now, just 24 hours after investigators say the officer lied about the shooting, Gillilan talked exclusively to NBC4’s Elyse Chengery. He says he would never shoot at an officer.

“For real like my life was messed up but I feel like my life is completely….I got no control of my life right now. I swear we don’t even go to her own house other than to grab clothes,” Gillilan said. “Everyone knows where I live now the whole world knows where I live and you could still look up on the news and it’s my house, my truck and a tank for what?”

Gillilan said he called police 19 times on his way to the Newcomerstown police department, and said he was in a holding cell for 2 hours until police let him go.

He says people still look at him like he’s guilty, and said even his mom had to think twice.

“I said, ‘Mom, I didn’t do this.’ She’s like, ‘Why would they pick you out of everyone?'”

Gillilan and his wife are now filing a civil lawsuit against the Coshocton and Newcomerstown Police Departments. He feels he may be left with no choice but to leave town and start over with his family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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