DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An officer-involved shooting in Dayton has left one man in critical condition.
Dayton Police Chief Biehl says police were conducting a gun violence reduction blitz Thursday morning looking for specific high-risk individuals.
One of those subjects was spotted driving a Jeep by police, who attempted to pull him over.
The suspect fled and was then monitored by an Ohio State Highway Patrol aviation unit in the air, relaying the suspect’s location to officers on the ground.
The suspect pulled into the Georgetown Village apartment complex parking lot on Kosmo Drive, off of Williams Street.
He got into a red car, and the Chief says police blocked that vehicle before the suspect hopped out with a gun in hand.
“He had the option to leave that gun behind, had the option to throw that gun out of the vehicle he was initially in. So the fact that he maintained possession of that weapon is certainly reason to conclude he had intention to utilize that weapon,” he says.
According to police, a foot chase ensued involving three officers.
Chief Biehl says the suspect was reaching into a bush when he was shot.
In that bush, police say they found drugs, scales, money, and a cell phone. They add that the suspect was wanted as a person of interest for several other violent crimes in town.
“Here in the last few months, we’ve seen a fairly significant uptick in gun violence. Far too much gun violence for any community to accept. It’s important that we engage, are proactive, and we take efforts to protect the community and this is one of the ways we do that,” Chief Biehl said.
The three officers involved are now on administrative leave. The suspect could face charges for his actions Thursday, as well as the crimes he was initially wanted for.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will take over the investigation because one of the officers who fired their weapon is a Dayton Police homicide detective, which is the unit typically assigned to handle officer-involved shootings.