Woman shot by Dayton officer treated, released into police custody

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Dayton Police Department held a news conference regarding a domestic violence call that led to a woman being shot by police overnight Thursday.

Dayton police said the call came in around 10:34 p.m. Thursday night. Initially, officers were sent to a domestic violence call on Newton Avenue near Harvard Boulevard where a woman claimed she was being stalked by her child’s father.

Lt. Col. Eric Henderson, of the Dayton Police Department, said when officers arrived they approached an argument on Newton Avenue on foot. A different woman, later identified as Damika Legrand, then drove over the curb and attempted to run someone over with her vehicle.

Henderson said that Ofc. Joshua Gundaker was forced to fire his weapon three times, fearing she would cause grievous bodily harm to the others. Legrand was struck once in the right shoulder but proceeded to drive away, stopping at the intersection of Newton Avenue and Campus Drive.

Legrand called 911 and reported that she had been shot and that a child was present inside the vehicle. Officers at the scene rushed to the stopped vehicle and rendered immediate aid, according to Henderson. From there, Legrand was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she was treated and later released into police custody.

The 5-year-old present at the time of the incident was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital as a precaution. Henderson said the child was not injured and after consulting with Children’s Services, they released the child into a family members care.

Dayton police presented charges of felonious assault to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. Since then, the charges have been accepted and Legrand is being held at the Montgomery County Jail.

WARNING: This police news conference contains body-cam footage with explicit language that some may find offensive.

This is a developing story and WDTN.com will update it when new information is available.

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