Dayton Police identify suspect shot by officers

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Police held a media briefing to discuss the shooting of 37-year-old Donald Saunders after officers responded to a domestic violence call late Sunday night.

Sgt. Joseph Setty, Ofc. Joshua Blankley and Ofc. Michael Floyd arrived at the home on Rangley Avenue to find a woman yelling for help. The doors to the home were locked so they forced entry and confronted Saunders. According the officers, Saunders pushed a handgun into on of their chests. They then said he was taken to the floor, where he aimed the weapon at officers again.

2 NEWS learned all three officers on the scene shot the suspect, hitting him four times. Authorities said a total of nine shell casings were found. The suspect did not discharge his firearm during the altercation.

Saunders has been taken to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition. He has yet to be formally charged but police outlined his criminal history, which included a domestic violence warrant in Toledo. This criminal history restricts him from owning a firearm, requiring a separate investigation into how he obtained it in the first place.

None of the officers were injured and police said the victim is OK.

Dayton’s homicide department is conducting an investigation and the Professional Standards Bureau will be conducting an independent administrative investigation.

This is a developing story and we will update it as more information becomes available.

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