MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A false report of shots fired at a Meijier store on Tuesday, August 20, allowed a man wanted on felony warrants to escape.
Miami Township officers are now actively searching for 34-year-old Michael Landis.
Landis was spotted by an officer on Tuesday afternoon in the driveway of a home located at 4583 Cordell Drive. He then barricaded himself inside the residence before the officer could make contact with him.
More authorities were called to the scene and started to force entry into the home to arrest Landis on the felony warrants.
At the same time, a 911 call was made to dispatch in which the caller reported that someone was opening fire at the Meijer located at 5858 Springboro Pike. The caller said the shooter was a white male who was hiding in the greeting card aisle.
“Our officers on Cordell, other township officers, and officers from West Carrollton, Miamisburg and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, all responded to the Meijer store, where we immediately determined there was no active shooter situation,” Capt. John Magill, Miami Twp. Police Department, said. “We conducted a thorough protective sweep of the premises and found no evidence of any shots fired.”
Miami Township police say they practice and train extensively for situations like the active shooter call at Meijer. They are trained to make a measured and reasonable response to the information they receive.
“We went to Meijer heavily armed and prepared to handle any situation,” Capt. Magill said. “This call turned out to be a fake, and unfortunately, put a lot of people in the community at unnecessary risk, including other drivers, pedestrians, and certainly the people who were inside the store at the time.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Landis, or information on the 911 call made concerning the Meijer incident, should call Capt. John Magill at (937) 433-2944.