Armed suspect shot by police remains in critical condition

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl is holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon about the shooting that happened Tues morning.

In the news conference, Biehl played several 911 calls to police about the incident. He also played radio traffic between officers that responded to the calls for help.

The Dayton Police Department received several calls between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. about a suspicious person threatening to shoot someone Monday.

Police dispatchers then received more calls about shots being fired in the 1000 block of Chelsea Avenue April 20. Chief of Police Richard Biehl confirmed that officers arrived on the scene by 2:49 a.m. and within minutes officers reported shots had been fired.

According to Biehl, officers at the scene found a man, later identified as 35-year-old Derek Wolfe, with a high-caliber rifle in the middle of the street. Biehl said on the scene as well as at Tuesday afternoon’s news conference officers ordered Wolfe to drop the weapon for forty seconds but he did not comply. Biehl played a video during the conference in which you could hear officers ordering Wolfe to drop his weapon. Officers could also be heard in the video firing at Wolfe. Five officers fired their weapons at Wolfe, who was struck several times and is now hospitalized. As of Tuesday afternoon, Wolfe remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

Police searched the home of the suspect where they recovered other weapons including a revolver, a long gun and 3,800 rounds of ammunition. Inside the residence, police found bullet holes they say was caused by Wolfe.

Biehl said preliminary information from the investigation showed Wolfe had become “fixated” on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Biehl said it is very early in the investigation and the information gathered will be presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor. Charges will be determined at that time.

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