KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman held a press conference to address the officer involved shooting Sunday night.
Protsman said during the press conference that the suspects wife called police about a domestic situation with her husband. James Tober Sr., the suspect, opened fire on police when they arrived.
Tober was shot by police during the exchange. Officers on the scene performed CPR on him until medical personnel arrived, but he later died at Kettering Medical Center of his injuries.
Two KPD officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, according to the department. Neither were injured during the incident.
“It was a very traumatic event, one that any officer hopes they don’t go through,” Protsman said. “Obviously, sometimes the actions of people dictate what officers have to do.”
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) was called in and has collected all evidence at the crime scene. They will now investigate whether or not there was any wrong doing by the officers involved.
Protsman said that there will also be an Internal Affairs investigation but that it would not take place until BCI completes its investigation.
“I will hold my judgement until the investigation is completed because there’s more information that we have to gather, but at the surface right now, and what we’ve seen in the past 12 hours, I believe they did what they were supposed to.”
Neighbors described hearing what they thought were fireworks Sunday night.
They say even after learning what happened, they aren’t worried about their neighborhood.
“It happens in any neighborhood anymore,” John Herzog said. “I don’t care where you live, you can have something like this happen. It’s where it happens all the time where it would bother me.”
Another neighbor says while it’s shocking, he still supports Kettering police.
“I support our cops, I do,” Shane Swinford said. “Are they perfect, no. But I’ve had less incidents with Kettering cops than I have other places in the world.”
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