DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Dayton Police Department gave an update on both shootings that took place Wednesday afternoon, one involving a 17-year-old and the other two detectives who shot a man in the legs.
The initial incident took place around noon Wednesday, when a 17-year-old was critically injured after being shot in the chest. The victim told police that he was chased by several men with guns and was shot by Jaden Dewberry.
The victim is now listed in stable condition.
The detectives investigating the shooting were told by a witness that several suspects were at a home on Lexington Avenue. According to police, detectives approached in identifiable DPD vests and badges.
Detectives saw six men on the porch and one of them matched the description of Dewberry. Upon exiting their vehicle, two men fled from the porch and one detective gave chase.
In that same moment, Det. Matthew Gray and Det. Angela Woody both said they saw a muzzle flash coming from the porch. Both detectives then fired in the direction of the muzzle flash, striking Jarius Wood in the legs. Gray fired two shots and Woody fired one, according to Lt. Colonel Matt Carper.
Once the scene was secured, police and medics provided emergency medical aid to Wood. He was then taken to an area hospital where he is listed as having non-life threatening injuries.
At the scene, police recovered three handguns: one in a concealed holster on Wood, another at his feet and a third was found discarded on the porch. Police also found a single 9mm shell casing.
Gray and Woody have both been placed on administrative leave per department policy. Body camera footage from one of the detectives was not started until after the suspect was shot and the other detective did not activate their camera.
“Patrol officers have a pretty good grasp of the direction and use of body worn cameras. Detectives don’t typically use body worn cameras unless in an enforcement role. In this situation, they were investigating a shooting that occurred just a few blocks away,” said Carper.
Dayton police are investigating the shooting on Kumler Avenue that hospitalized a 17-year-old. They received a tip that Dewberry, the suspect, was hiding in a home on Lexington Avenue. Carper confirmed that the SWAT standoff on Lexington Avenue Thursday was related to their search for Dewberry.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will handle the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is conducting an independent administrative investigation into the shooting as well.
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