Man charged with shooting Fairborn police officer

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — An 18-year-old man is in jail facing charges of attempted aggravated murder after a Fairborn Police Sergeant was shot in the line of duty late Tuesday.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when officers were investigating a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Archer Drive.

Police say 18-year-old Luke D. Easterday fired at officers from inside a residence.

Sergeant Bill Titley, a 21-year veteran of the Fairborn Police Department was shot in the arm. Titley was taken to Miami Valley Hospital but has since been released and is recovering.

Easterday barricaded himself inside an apartment and refused to come out.

Several nearby homes were evacuated and other people nearby were told to shelter in place.

Police surrounded the building for more than six hours. When authorities didn’t hear from the man for nearly three hours, crews forced entry just before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities used gas canisters during the entry.

Easterday was taken into custody and is charged with attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault, both first-degree felonies.

His bond is set at $1,000,000.

There’s no word on why he fired on officers.

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