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Suspect, officers ID’d in fatal Butler Twp. shooting

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 9:18 PM
Updated: Monday, February 09, 2015 @ 2:31 PM


            The man shot and the two officers involved in the deadly shooting in Butler Twp. on Nov. 13 have been identified.
The man shot and the two officers involved in the deadly shooting in Butler Twp. on Nov. 13 have been identified.

KEY POINTS

  • The man Butler Twp. police shot to death Thursday night is Andrew Brady Davidson, 33
  • The officers involved are Sgt. Todd Stanley and Officer Amy Carter
  • The shooting is connected to a “be-on-the-lookout” report from Piqua police stemming from a stalking complaint
  • An investigation into the shooting continues

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m. (February 2)- A John Doe indictment was returned today by the Montgomery County Grand Jury. According to the proseuctor’s office, the grand jury found that there was no criminal intent on the officer who fired the fatal shot, therefore no true bill was returned.

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m. (Dec. 12.)- Both officers involved in this shooting are now back at work, according to Butler Township Police Chief John Cresie. Sgt. Stanley has been assigned to administrative desk duties pending the conclusion of the investigation, Cresie said. He also said Officer Carter has resumed her normally assigned patrol duties.

UPDATE @1:04 p.m.: The names of the suspect and police officers involved in Thursday night’s fatal officer-involved shooting have been released.

Andrew Brady Davidson, 33, was stopped in the parking lot of Panera Bread on Miller Lane, according to a statement from the Butler Twp. Police Department. During the stop, Davidson refused to comply with officers’ verbal commands and attempted to spray officers with pepper spray and threatened to kill police, according to the statement.

According to the statement, Davidson exited his vehicle and advanced toward an officer with a knife in his hand. The officer then shot Davidson in order to defend his own life. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers involved were Sgt. Todd Stanley, a 14-year veteran, and Officer Amy Carter, who a two-year veteran.

Four shots were fired, and Stanley’s shot killed the suspect, Butler Twp. Police Chief John Cresie said.

UPDATE @12:15 p.m.: A menacing complaint related to the fatal officer-involved shooting occurred at Nitto Denko Automotive Ohio Inc. in the 1600 block of South Main Street in Piqua. We are working to gather more details.

UPDATE @11:10 a.m.: According to Huber Heights police dispatch log:

  • 8:31 p.m.: Dispatch got a message that there was a male driving a 2000 red Cavalier who was armed and dangerous, and that Miami County had charges on him.
  • In the next few minutes, there were comments that said Piqua would respond if the suspect was located, and that the suspect’s cell phone was pinged to the Miller Lane area.
  • 8:41 p.m.: A notation says officers will be going to the parking lot of the Panera Bread and that the suspect “has a knife, not cooperative.” Vandalia police responded to the area.
  • 8:43 p.m.: There was an attempt to pepper spray through a window
  • 8:43 p.m.: Officers say “subject has a gun.”
  • 8:43 p.m.: Officers make a comment that there is a man down.

Full story:

Two Butler Twp. police officers shot and killed a man after a traffic stop Thursday night and one witness said the man got out of his car with a knife and moved toward police before they fired.

The names of the officers or the driver have not been released. The man who died was described only as a white male, according to Butler Twp. Police Chief John Cresie

Two Butler Twp. police officers made a traffic stop around 8:41 p.m. in the parking lot of Panera Bread, 6550 Miller Lane, Cresie said.

In a statement sent out about the time the news conference was beginning, the chief said, “during the course of the stop, a Butler Twp. officer shot a male subject that had been operating the stopped vehicle.”

The shooting appears to be connected to a search earlier in the night in Miami County. Piqua police had put out a request that officers be on the lookout for a 33-year-old man driving a red Chevrolet Cavalier who might be armed and dangerous. The man was wanted in connection to a complaint of menacing-by-stalking at a Piqua-area business, according to Piqua police Lt. Bill Collins. Collins confirmed the Butler Twp. incident was connected to the Miami County search. A red Cavalier was within the police tape area at the site of the shooting.

About the officers involved, Cresie said one was “a long-term veteran” and the other “is a newer officer.” He did not release the names of either officer. Neither officer was injured in the shooting.

Cresie said he was limited on details because he had not interviewed the officers and said they also would be interviewed by investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. At midnight, a Montgomery County Coroner’s Office investigator was still processing the scene for evidence.

An employee at a business on Miller Lane, in a Facebook message to News Center 7’s Layron Livingston, said they saw a man who was stopped by police get out of his car and was armed with a knife when he moved toward police.

The witness asked not to be identified by name. The employee said a police officer came into the business, asking who saw the shooting. The officer handed out witness forms. The employee said “we all filled them out and that was all.”

An autopsy is scheduled for today, according to the coroner’s office.

Cresie said, “it’s been decades, I believe” since the last time a Butler Twp. police officer was involved in a shooting.

Cresie said the incident was not related to the businesses in the area.

“It is a safe area and we’re working to continue to keep it safe,” Cresie said. “Bad things can happen anyplace; it’s that kind of world.”

Original reports are below:

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m.: The man shot and killed by police was a white male, Butler Twp. Police Chief John Cresie said, and he said the investigation has not determined what led to the shooting that occurred during the course of a traffic stop.

At a news conference that lasted approximately 15 to 20 minutes, Cresie said two of his officers made a traffic stop about 8:41 p.m. in the parking lot of Panera Bread, 6550 Miller Lane.

In a statement sent out about the time the news conference was beginning, the chief said, “during the course of the stop, a Butler Twp. officer shot a male subject that had been operating the stopped vehicle.”

About the officers involved, Cresie said one was “a long-term veteran” and the other “is a newer officer.” He did not release the names of either officer. Neither officer was injured in the shooting.

Cresie said he was limited on details because he had not interviewed the officers and said they also would be interviewed by investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. At midnight, a coroner’s office investigator was still processing the scene for evidence.

An autopsy is scheduled for today, according to the coroner’s office.

Cresie said, “it’s been decades, I believe” since the last time a Butler Twp. police officer was involved in a shooting.

UPDATE @ 11:40 p.m.: A witness in a Facebook message to News Center 7’s Layron Livingston described a man who was stopped by police get out of his car and was armed with a knife when he moved toward police.

The witness asked not to be identified by name, but said police did take statements from witnesses.

UPDATE @ 10:57 p.m.: The incident has been confirmed by Butler Twp. Police Chief John Cresie as a police officer-involved fatal shooting.

We’re learning the shooting appears to have stemmed from a traffic stop that ended up in the parking lot. We’re also learning, through Twitter, that the person who was shot may have had a weapon.

Police from Vandalia and Huber Heights also responded to the scene.

A news conference is scheduled for later tonight at Butler Twp. police headquarters.

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.: Butler Twp. Police Chief Jim Cresie confirms that a fatal shooting has occurred. He said he would share more information later tonight.

FIRST REPORT

Police are on the scene of a fatal shooting in the parking lot outside a business in the 6500 block of Miller Lane.

Police have set up crime scene tape around what appears to be a body that has been covered. The scene is in a parking lot near the Drury Inn, Panera Bread store and Red Lobster restaurant.

The incident is said to have occurred about 8:50 p.m.

We have crews on scene. We will update this developing story as we get information.

Two Darke Co. men wake up to arrests on felony charges

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

(Jacob Evans, 23)(Randolph County Jail)
(Jacob Evans, 23)(Randolph County Jail)
(Dustin Sonner, 26) (Randolph County Jail)

Union City Police responded to the 500 block of S. Stateline Road Friday morning on call of a suspicious vehicle with two passed out subjects. 

According to police reports, three officers responded to the scene and found the two subjects, shouting several times in an attempt to wake them up. Officers finally made contact with the man in the driver’s seat, identified as Jacob Evans, 23, of Arcanum. The passenger was later identified as Dustin Sonner, 26, of Greenville. 

While speaking, the officers noticed a syringe lying in plain view inside the vehicle. A search revealed the vehicle contained 7 grams of crystal meth valued at about $700, and a small amount of heroin, as well as drug paraphernalia and scales. 

Both subjects were taken to Randolph County jail on charges of: dealing in methamphetamine, a level 3 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony, possession of heroin, a level 6 felony, and possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony. 

Reward offered in search for man suspected of raping, killing baby

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:20 AM

Joshua Gurto
Conneaut Police Department
Joshua Gurto(Conneaut Police Department)

Police in eastern Ohio are looking for a man suspected of raping and killing a baby girl.

According to WFMJ, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Joshua Gurto.

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Gurto is accused of raping and killing a 13-month-old girl in Ashtabula County. He is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Conneaut Police Department on aggravated murder and rape charges, WFMJ reported.

Police said he has ties to western Pennsylvania.

Gurto is described as:

  • 37 years old
  • 5 feet, 10 inches tall
  • 145 pounds
  • Deformed right year
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Tattoos on right forearm

Anyone with information on Gurto’s whereabouts is asked to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 866-4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the information to 84711.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

Lamora Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of murder and is accused of placing two of her children into an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant.
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Lamora Williams, 24, is charged with two counts of murder and is accused of placing two of her children into an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant.(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An official autopsy is pending.

Fulton County jail officials said Lamora Williams waived her first appearance in court Monday on felony murder charges.

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The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.

Williams called her sons’ father, Jameel Penn, on Friday night and showed him by video chat that something was wrong in her Atlanta apartment home.

Penn said he immediately called the police.

2 Children Found Dead in Apartment; Mother Charged

When officials arrived at the Oakland City West End Apartment complex, the boys, 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams, were dead.

Related: 2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged

Friends and family members of Williams told the AJC she suffered from undiagnosed mental health problems that were exacerbated by her father’s death when she was 19 and by having four children younger than 7. They said she was also a single mother who had some help from Penn, but not enough considering her mental health.

Williams’ longtime friend Neesa Smith said Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a babysitter for the kids. 

“Nobody could tell what she was going through,” Smith said.

Williams’ sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, said Williams is at risk and should be put on suicide watch in the Fulton County Jail, where she remains without bond.

Want to avoid getting hacked while driving? Check this out

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:56 PM

David Barzilai, Karamba Security, co-founder & executive chairman
David Barzilai, Karamba Security, co-founder & executive chairman

Computers control an increasing number of vehicle functions now, and will do so even more in the future when autonomous — or self-driving — cars and trucks become more common. Given that technology in the vehicles we drive is ever increasing, how safe are we from cyber intruders? 

RELATED: The newest frontier for hackers: your car

David Barzilai, Chairman and co-founder of Karamba Security

“We’ve enabled hackers to gain access to the car by a small set of controllers. Once one of them is compromised then hackers can gain control of that controller and then manipulate the other controllers (and) start sending commands to the car. In essence we as drivers are now losing control. Because (hackers can cause the) car to stop on the highway, airbags may disengage, the steering wheel could start go to one direction or another without us having any control of it.”

RELATED: ‘Smart car’ technology may make roads safer, but some fear data hacks

Vance Saunders, director of the cybersecurity program at Wright State University

“The world has changed. Everything is so interconnected and with that comes the potential for bad things to happen. So therefore there is a responsibility for all auto manufacturers – it doesn’t mean just cars – people who make anything. It’s going to get connected to the internet and they have responsibility to address security because the environment that their products were being used in has changed.”

RELATED: Would you ride in a car with a brain?

Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at Ohio State University

“(Safeguards are needed) to protect the data. To ensure that these products are not hacked. That the bad guys won’t try do something either to the vehicle or infrastructure. Because either way it can create dire consequences.”

Carla Bailo Assistant Vice President Mobility Research and Business Development at Ohio State University(HANDOUT/Handout)

RELATED: Experts say self-driving cars will save lives: Would you ride in one?

Seth Hamman, assistant professor of computer science Cedarville University

“It will be a long time before they exhaust all of their attack vectors….There’s no shortage of different avenues to try.”

RELATED: Experts say self-driving cars will save lives: Would you ride in one?

C. Emre Koksal, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University

“One way to cause chaos is to go out there and inject fake messages (into vehicle computers).”