RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Riverside Police held a news conference Thursday to discuss the officer-involved shooting that ended with a suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound late Tuesday night.
In the news conference, police released the 911 call and body camera video from two officers that responded to the incident.
In the 911 call, you can hear a woman telling dispatchers a man with a gun had her father and her daughter in the house. The woman had just come home when she discovered the man in her home.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 39-year-old Kevlin Wallace, of Springfield.
Riverside Police Chief Frank Robinson told reporters Thursday Wallace was convicted in 2000 of aggravated robbery and kidnapping charges and was sent to prison. He was released in October 2020.
The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when an officer was called out for a burglary in progress on Rondowa Avenue. Ofc. James Vance, a 24 year veteran of the department, was the first on the scene.
As Vance arrived, a distressed woman pointed out the suspect who was on foot somewhere on Rondowa Avenue. The officer turned his attention to Wallace, and according to Riverside Police, it was then that Vance noticed he was pulling out a firearm.
Watch the news conference here:
Wallace started shooting at Vance, who returned fire to protect himself and the woman. There was a brief exchange of gunfire before the man ran further up the road. “Sargent Vance was not struck by the suspect who then fled north on Pleasant Valley. The suspect was located in the rear of 237 North Pleasant Valley, after officers searching for him heard a single gun shot coming from the area,” said Chief Robinson.
Several officers reported hearing a single gunshot and when they slowly approached they found Wallace with a single gunshot wound to the head.
“This is one other incident that just goes to show you how well trained our officers are. It happened really quickly and our officers responded really quickly. That’s a testament to his training,” said Chief Robinson.