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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.

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.

West Liberty school shooting suspect pleads not guilty by insanity

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:28 AM

The suspect in the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Ely Serna, through his attorney Dennis Lieberman, filed the plea by motions this week in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

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Serna has been accused of bringing a shotgun to school on Jan. 20 and firing six shots. Another student, 17-year-old Logan Cole, was shot twice in the chest and survived.

Deputies have alleged Serna also shot at a teacher and then randomly shot at classrooms before he was detained by school staff.

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Another student was grazed by a shotgun pellet but not injured.

Lieberman also filed a motion to dismiss the case in adult court and transfer the case back to juvenile court. A juvenile judge moved the case to adult court earlier this month.

Stop sending EMS to respond to overdose calls, Ohio councilman says

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 12:22 PM

Frustration over the amount of money and public safety services being devoted to drug overdoses led to one Middletown, Ohio, city council member asking if it was possible for the city to not respond to such calls.

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Saying the city needs to think outside the box, Middletown City Council member Dan Picard asked if it was possible for EMS to not respond to overdose calls.

Noting people with cancer don’t get free chemotherapy from medics, nor do people having heart attacks get a free heart bypass in an EMS run, Picard asked if there was a law that requires the city to respond to overdose calls.

MORE: Middletown on pace to double 2016 drug overdose numbers

The city is on pace to spend $100,000 for Narcan when it was budgeted $10,000 for the entire year, according to City Manager Doug Adkins.

Adkins said the city could privatize EMS services, or not have them at all. He said he would seek an opinion from the city’s law department.

Picard, who recently told the Journal-News he is not running for re-election in the fall, suggested issuing a court summons to a person who overdoses and ordering them to complete community service to work off the costs of the EMS run and Narcan.

He said arresting those who overdose only adds more costs to city taxpayers and strains the city jail and court system.

According to Adkins, most of those who overdose are transients and are not residents of the city.

“I want to send a message to the world that you don’t want to come to Middletown to overdose because someone might not come with Narcan and save your life,” Picard said. “We need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown.”

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Batman thwarts would-be thief

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

A police officer dressed as Batman stopped a would-be thief in Texas on Saturday after the man attempted to nab four DVDs from a Walmart store, including the Lego Batman movie.

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“You cannot steal my movie,” Forth Worth police Officer Damon Cole joked to KDFW. “Come on.”

Cole was off-duty and dressed as Batman for a kids’ safety fair Saturday when he was alerted to a man who was attempting to shoplift four DVDs, KDFW reported.

“I stopped him as Batman,” Cole wrote in a tweet after the arrest. “He asked me for a selfie as Batman.”

Cole told KDFW that he travels the country in his off time, dressing up in superhero costumes and visiting sick children.

“I do that to give them inspiration and hope to keep fighting,” he told the news station.

In a tweet Monday, Cole wrote that Saturday marked the first time in his 17-year career that he’s arrested someone while dressed as Batman.

“I swear I can't make this stuff up,” he wrote.

Authorities gave the shoplifting suspect, who was not identified, a citation because the DVDs he attempted to nab were valued at less than $100, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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Pike County murders: 5 things to know about latest developments

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:59 AM

The case of the Pike County murders became more complex this week with investigators asking the public to focus attention on one family.

Four members of that family — the Wagners — are now believed to be in Alaska, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Here are five things to know about the latest developments in the case:

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1. There are no named suspects

DeWine hasn’t named suspects in the case. He has, however, asked the public to focus attention on four members of the Wagner family.

Investigators want more information about Edward “Jake” Wagner, 24, George Wagner IV, 25, George “Billy” Wagner III, 46, and Angela Wagner, 45. All are uncharged.

“We’re not really labeling them,” DeWine said in an interview with this newsroom. “But we are saying we want to have the public focus on these four individuals.”

MORE: Who are the Wagners? Investigators want to know

Wagner family “interactions, conversations, dealings, or transactions … which could be personal, business, or otherwise” are of interest to investigators, with specific emphasis on “vehicles, firearms, and ammunition,” the attorney general’s office said.

2. The Wagners are believed to be in Alaska

DeWine said the Wagners are believed to be living in Alaska.

Kelly Cinereski, pastor at Resurrection Bay Baptist Church in Seward, Alaska, told the Daily News the Wagner family attended his son’s church Sunday a couple hours west in Kenai. The pastor has not seen them personally during the Wagners’ latest trip to the Alaska, but said the family brought trailers.

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Cinereski said he believes the Wagners are moving to the area — located a winding three-hour trip southwest of Anchorage — something they have been planning to do much of the decade-plus he has known them since he headed a church in Minford, Ohio. Over the past 11 years, the Wagners have come up three times to visit and fish.

3. A grandmother said the family has nothing to do with the murders

Investigators searched the Wagner family’s current and former Ohio property — including grandmother Fredericka Wagner’s Flying W Farm — last month.

Jake Wagner fathered a daughter with Hannah Rhoden. Rhoden was one of the eight people murdered in the massacre from the Rhoden and Gilley families.

“They have nothing,” Fredericka Wagner said Tuesday in a Dayton Daily News interview. “Their searches have turned up zilch. Nothing. And they aren’t going to either because Jake had nothing to do with it.”

MORE: Pike County murders: Searches prompt more questions

Besides Hanna Rhoden, those killed in the attack were her father, Christopher Rhoden Sr.; her mother, Dana Rhoden; her brothers Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden and Christopher Rhoden Jr.; Frankie Rhoden’s fiancee, Hannah Gilley; a cousin, Gary Rhoden; and Kenneth Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden’s brother. They ranged in age from 16 to 44.

4. Investigators might have a lead, an expert said

Experts said DeWine’s language likely means investigators have a lead in the case, but need more information before making arrests or naming suspects.

MORE: 3 recent developments in Pike County murders case

“Obviously, they have a lead from somewhere,” said Timothy Shaw, a former FBI special agent. “What you do is you get tips,” but then investigators must corroborate them.

DeWine’s office has not responded to Shaw’s comments.

5. There is a $10,000 reward for information

Ohio authorities ask those who have information in the case to call the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111. Authorities said information provided will remain confidential, and a $10,000 reward is still in effect.

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