DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are searching for a suspect who is missing after police spent over six hours in a standoff outside a Dayton apartment complex.
Police were initially called to the Desoto Bass complex on West Stewart Street for reports of a man shot around 6:40 am. The victim was found breathing, but suffering from a gunshot wound. He has since been brought to a local hospital.
Not long after the victim was found, the investigation showed the suspect had likely run into a nearby apartment. SWAT and a Hostage Negotiation Team were called to the scene and the standoff began.
“We go off of the information we that we have, that we develop on scene from individuals that are witnesses, and one of the reasons that SWAT and HNT are called out is for the ability to try to safely resolve that situation,” Dayton Police Department Major Christopher Malson said.
Officers could be seen shooting tear gas into the building and commanding the suspect to come out. Police on the scene said that after many attempts to contact the suspect failed, they proceeded to secure the building.
Further investigation showed the suspect was not inside the building. Homicide detectives are now gathering information concerning the incident.
“Homicide’s been working on this since the very beginning in their investigation, following down all leads, and all information they have to locate this individual,” Malson said.
The shooter did know the victim, Dayton police said, and the two had been involved in an argument two weeks before the shooting. DPD said that Wednesday was the first day the two had seen each other since the initial argument.
Police have identified 44-year-old Johnny Trigg, Jr. as the possible suspect who will face felonious assault charges. He is 6’1″, 205 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be armed.
Malson said a multi-hour standoff like this takes up a lot of resources and time.
“Most of them are patrol officers, so calling up the team does pull resources from other parts of the police department, that we then have to backfill, and fill in those, so there is a cost to it,” Malson said.
However, Malson said that cost is worth it if a situation can be resolved safely.
“I think we can all agree if we can have these end peacefully, that cost is very minor in terms of us having a peaceful resolution,” Malson said.
Anyone with information concerning the shooting or Trigg’s whereabouts is asked to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers, 937-333-COPS or 911.