Suspect dies in shootout during standoff at Miami Township home

Miami Valley News

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — The Miami Township Police Department held a news conference updating the community on a recent fatal officer-involved shooting.

Police officers were sent to a confirmed domestic violence call on Fox Glove Way in Miamisburg around 9 p.m. Sunday evening. A second person called while officers were en route reporting he heard two or three gunshots.

Charlie Stiegelmeyer, chief of police for the Miami Township Police Department, said that when officers arrived they could hear 41-year-old Frederick Thomas from inside a garage making threatening statements like, “I’m ready for a shootout.”

According to Stiegelmeyer, officers were concerned for the safety of Thomas’ wife and a possible juvenile inside the home — at the time they were unsure of whether they were injured. Officers approached the front door and knocked to announce themselves. Thomas opened the door and said, “I will shoot you in your head,” and opened fire on police.

The officers returned gunfire and went for cover, calling in backup from the Montgomery County Regional SWAT Team. When SWAT arrived Sunday night, they attempted to contact Thomas several times without success. Monday, around 1:25 a.m., SWAT entered the home and found Thomas’ body laying in the hallway near the front door.

Responding officers attempted to provide medical support to the suspect but eventually he was pronounced dead at the scene. Stiegelmeyer said that Thomas was hit during the exchange of gunfire at the front door and not from self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacted to handle the officer-involved shooting investigation.

The ensuing investigation found two firearms inside the home, one of which was near Thomas’ body when SWAT arrived. Forensics have determined that the gun was fired three times.

The Miami Township police officers involved in the incident are:

  • Detective Scott Miller — 25 year police veteran with 16 years at Miami Township
  • Officer Austin Snowden — 10 year police veteran with 8 months at Miami Township
  • Officer William Drew Olinger — 8 year police veteran with 2 years at Miami Township

All three officers are currently on administrative leave.

Stiegelmeyer said the Miami Township Police Department doesn’t have information on the condition of those inside the home and he couldn’t confirm whether the juvenile was his child.

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

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