Robert Huber

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Service Record

Smithville Ohio Police Department

Rank Unspecified (part-time)[1]
Dates of Service September 15, 2011 - January 2, 2012[1]
Last Known Status Resigned.[2]

Wayne County Ohio Sheriff's Office

Rank Deputy
Dates of Service January 2, 2012 - April 16, 2013.[1]
Last Known Status Separated

Canton Ohio Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired April 19, 2013.[1]
Salary $77,387 (2019)[3]
Last Known Status Active


Huber received awards for saving the life of a drug overdose victim, preventing a woman from throwing her son out of a window, and foiling an armed robbery.[4]

Huber won a Lifesaver Award and two Excellent Police Duty awards after three other incidents.[4]

2017 Service Award

Huber was issued a service award after the 2017 shooting incident described below. [4]

Incident Reports

2017 Shooting

On July 12, 2017, Huber and another officer made contact with a group of men who were walking in the street. One of the men ran away and was seen carrying a handgun. During a pursuit, the man raised the gun at Huber, prompting the officer to shoot.[1]

Huber administered first aid until paramedics arrived.[4]

Response Timeline

Huber was exonerated by an internal investigation [1]

A grand jury determined the shooting to be legally justified.[1]

2019 Policy Violation

In April 2019, Huber left evidence in his cruiser after an arrest.[4]

Response Timeline

Huber received a "letter of training".[4]

2019 Traffic Stop

In October 2019, Huber attempted to stop a man for a traffic violation. The man refused to stop, and Huber pulled in front of the vehicle and ordered the man to exit his vehicle at gunpoint. The man refused, and Huber removed the man from the vehicle and struggled to control him.

Response Timeline

Huber was advised to not block vehicles in that manner, which was only to be used for felony suspects.[4]

2020 Policy Violation

In September 2020, Huber failed to report an illness in a timely manner.[4]

Response Timeline

Huber received a "letter of counseling".[4]

2021 Use of Force

No details were reported.

Response Timeline

An internal investigation showed that Huber's actions were within policy.[1]

2021 Vehicle Accident

In May 2021, Huber struck a guardrail with his cruiser.[4]

Response Timeline

Huber received a "letter of counseling".[4]

2022 Death of James Williams

Huber's body-worn camera video

On January 1, 2022, Huber was investigating shots fired in a neighborhood. Williams was in his backyard, firing guns into the air. Without identifying himself or giving any commands, Huber shot Williams through a fence, killing him.[5]

Huber claimed he was in fear for his safety from the continued weapons fire.[6]

The incident was captured on Huber's body-worn camera.[5]

Response Timeline

On January 1, 2022, Huber was placed on paid administrative leave.[7]

On January 21, 2022, the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) interviewed Huber.[8]

On March 15, 2022, Williams' family filed a lawsuit against Huber and the city, alleging violations of Williams' rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, and state law.[9]

On May 7, 2022, the BCI released their report on the incident.[1]

The County Prosecutor presented a range of possible charges to a grand jury.[6]

On September 7, 2022, a Stark County grand jury chose not to indict Huber on criminal charges.[6]

On October 26, 2022, the department released the results of their investigation, which found that "the officer acted within Departmental Use of Force policies" and that Huber would not be disciplined.[5]

On December 8, 2022, Williams' widow - the plaintiff in the civil lawsuit - fired her lawyers.[10]

In January 2023, a judge dismissed the family's lawsuit after the plaintiff failed to hire new lawyers. The case can be re-filed.[10]

On March 28, 2023, Williams' widow refiled her lawsuit against the city and the officers involved.[11]

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