Suspect in custody after shots fired at officers during pursuit


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police have arrested a suspect after shots were fired at officers during a pursuit.

Authorities say the pursuit began in Riverside and ended at the intersection of Burkhardt and S. Garland avenues in Dayton.

“There was probably a good 20 kids outside, and this car was doing every bit of 45 to 50 [miles per hour] because it’s a city road, and he could have even went faster than that,” said Tamara Bechtolt, who witnessed part of the chase from her porch.

According to Riverside police, dispatchers received a call Sunday afternoon about suspicious activity near the Kroger on Spinning Road. They were told the person had a gun, according to Chief Frank Robinson.

“Subsequently, shots were fired from the suspect,” Chief Robinson said. “Officers returned fire. There was a pursuit.”

Authorities say the suspect was taken into custody just after 4 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses tell 2 NEWS the suspect was taken from the scene in an ambulance.

A 2 NEWS crew at the scene saw the car police were chasing driven partially into a wooded area.

Police search for a suspect after a pursuit ended near Burkhart Avenue and S. Garand Avenue in Dayton on Sunday, September 29, 2019. (Photo: Kristen Eskow)

“Seen them come down this way, and then right after they came down Burkhardt,” said Robert Suttles, a witness. “We hear them coming back up Burkhardt, and we could see from the back porch, the white car, it got rammed and knocked up into the field and into the woods.”

Suttles was visiting the house across the street from where the pursuit ended. He recorded cell phone video showing the moment the suspect was taken into custody.

Police used less-lethal force to take the suspect down, Chief Robinson said.

“They’re yelling at him to put his hands up, I started yelling to put his hands up, his sister was across the street yelling at him to put his hands up,” Suttles said. “And he put them up, put them down, and when he put them back up, they were up for a second and they started shooting.”

According to Montgomery County dispatchers, two guns were found inside the car.

The suspect’s identity has not been released.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has taken over the investigation, Chief Robinson said.

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