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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — On Friday, the Dayton Police Department held a press conference about a ‘critical incident’ that took place on June 7.
You can watch the press conference in the video box above.
According to police, on Wednesday, June 7 at 5:49 a.m., the regional dispatch center received a call about an unoccupied, damaged white SUV near Gillespie Park in the Desoto Bass apartment complex. The SUV had a deployed airbag and was starting to smoke.
Dayton police and fire responded to the area. As Officers Officer Chelsea Weitz and Officer Dylan Lehotay approached the injured driver, he told them that he needed help. Police requested a medic for the driver at 6:03 a.m.
As they waited for the medic, the driver became agitated and backed himself up against a cruiser, balling his fists. Officers attempted to handcuff the driver, but he resisted, and a struggle ensued, according to police.
During the struggle, the man grabbed one of the officers’ taser, reportedly ripping it from his duty vest. Officers were able to place the man in handcuffs. Police noted that the man lost consciousness after being secured in the handcuffs.
The man was transported to a hospital at 6:28 a.m. Once at the hospital, drug paraphernalia was reportedly located on his person. The man is currently in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital, police said.
The incident remains under investigation.