The final report on the fatal August shootings in Copley Township has been finished, but Copley police still have many questions they won't ever be able to answer.
Copley police chief Michael Mier says the nearly 270 page report on the deadly shooting rampage by Michael Hance on August 7th focused not only on the events of that day, but on Hance's troubled mental state.
Mier tells AkronNewsNow.com that they gathered evidence connected to the August 7th shooting rampage.
"But at the same time, our detectives had the opportunity to interview several folks, some of which were friends or family members of Michael Hance," the chief says, "and they each gave us some opinion as to his mental health status."
Chief Mier says that it was apparent to those friends and relatives that Hance's mental state was deteriorating.
"It looks if he was becoming depressed," Mier tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and it also appears as if he was becoming more fully withdrawn from not only his family, but from society in general."
But Chief Mier says no one among his friends or family had professional mental health training, and had no idea that he would soon snap - killing seven people before dying in a gun battle with police.
"I think these friends and family members of Michael Hance saw what they felt were mental health issues that were developing," Chief Mier says, "but none was concerned enough, and none thought his status would ever reach something of this magnitude."
Mier says police believe that despite Hance's mental state, he planned his actions, including buying firearms and ammunition, and practicing his shooting skills.
He tells AkronNewsNow.com that he doubts they'll ever know "why" Hance committed mass murder, but that they'll reach out to criminal profilers to shed some more light on Hance's actions.