Coroner identifies suspect killed in Butler Township officer-involved shooting

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BUTLER TWP, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County Coroner has identified the suspect killed by a Butler Township police officer as Terena Nicole Thurman, 36, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said that Thurman was known to the department and prior to the incident had a warrant for her arrest.

When officers found Thurman at the Days Inn on Miller Lane she fled, attacked someone and stole a truck. As officers tried to make an arrest, she hit an officer with the truck. 

Porter said that two officers had the truck surrounded when Thurman managed to reverse the truck, striking the officer on the drivers-side with the door. He also said that the officer that was hit was the officer who fired his weapon “in defense of the officers lives.”

The chief said he believe two shots were fired. This resulted in Thurman being struck in the chest by a bullet and crashing the truck she was driving near the front of the motel.

Thurman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and pronounced dead shortly after. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it will be handling the investigation for Butler Township’s officer-involved shooting. Porter confirmed that the sheriff’s office will be handling both the criminal investigation and the departmental investigation.


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