MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Police have confirmed the identity of the suspect who died after an officer-involved shooting that happened on I-75 north.
The Moraine Police department said that police were investigating a two-vehicle crash at approximately 6 a.m. when one of the men from an involved car pointed a gun at the officers.
Police identified the suspect at 27-year-old Elijah Isham.
“They actually checked on him once and were waiting on the fire department to get here, when they got back around the car, they noticed he had a gun at that point,” Moraine Chief Craig Richardson said.
Police said officers tried to engage with Isham for five minutes and gave 41 commands to drop the gun, and officers asked an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for less-lethal options to de-conflict the situation.
When that did not work, two officers used their service weapons to fire nine shots at the man in response, injuring him severely.
“They were just looking for options, other options, any options, because this is something we don’t want to do, obviously,” Richardson said.
Police said the man was brought to the hospital by paramedics where he later died of his injuries.
Richardson said Isham’s gun was not loaded, but officers reported seeing Isham cock the gun in their direction.
The two officers involved were identified as Sgt. Kenneth Lloyd and Officer Jerome Klemmensen. Both were placed on paid administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation.
The Tactical Crime Suppression Unit Task Force is conducting a criminal investigation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
“This went from a simple crash to a deadly force situation very quickly,” Richardson said.
In the crash itself, At least one person was trapped in their car after the collision left one car on its top in the right-hand lane and another in a nearby ditch.
Isham had a prior arrest in April 2022 for assault and resisting arrest.
The ODOT Realtime map shows that the northbound lanes of I-75 were shut down between the exits for East Dixie Drive and Dryden Road. The Ohio State Highway Patrol opened a lane to direct vehicles against northbound traffic to clear the highway for investigation. The lanes have since reopened.