Security officer shot, suspect dead at UC Medical Center in Cincinnati

Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 2:17 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 3:48 PM

Contributed Photo/WCPO-TV
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UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m. 

A suspect is dead and an unarmed security officer sustained “very serious” injuries after they were shot at the psychiatric emergency services wing of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac. 

The suspect, who has not been identified, either entered or attempted to enter the wing when they started to fire shots, Isaac said during a press conference Wednesday.. The security officer was shot and was taken into surgery with injuries described as “very serious.” 

The shooter fired additional shots, including at least one in the direction of a Cincinnati police officer responding to the call, Isaac said. The officer was not hit and did not return fire. 

The shooter then turned the gun on themselves and was pronounced dead from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, investigators said. 

The injured security officer was unarmed and is not affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Police nor the Cincinnati Police Department, Isaac said. 

The UC Medical Center entrance where the shooting occurred had metal detectors, police said, and might have played a role in uncovering the suspect was armed as they entered the building.  

We’ll update this page as new information becomes available. 

UPDATE @ 3:05 p.m. 

A University of Cincinnati Hospital security officer was shot at the psychiatric emergency services wing of the hospital, according to police officials and our news partner WCPO-TV. 

The suspect shot themselves after shooting the officer, according to the station. 

The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries. It was not known how severe the suspect’s injuries were. 

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m. 

Injuries to an officer are believed to be non-life threatening after they were shot near the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday. 

Police said the scene is no longer an “active shooter” situation, our news partners at WCPO-TV report. 

The suspect is reportedly down, but the UC Medical Center remains locked down, according to reports. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

A police officer has reportedly been shot near a University of Cincinnati hospital building, according to our news partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. 

The shooting was reported in the 3200 block of Burnet Avenue around 2 p.m. the station reports. 

The officer’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening, according to a Cincinnati Police Department spokesman. The spokesman could not confirm what jurisdiction the officer worked for, WCPO-TV reports. 

Police responded to reports of an active shooter near the University of Cincinnati Business Center, according to a tweet from UC Health. The shooter has reportedly suffered a gunshot wound, but it was unknown if they were shot by police or if the wound was self-inflicted. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

Lightning strikes house in Clayton

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:20 PM

Lightning struck a house on Allison in Clayton

Crews are waiting on scene for DP&L to arrive to pull the meter on a house that was struck by lightning. 

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Firefighters responded to the lightning strike at the house on the 8000 block of Allison Avenue at 9:20 p.m. Monday.

According to Michael Seagraves of the Clayton fire department, lighting struck the house and back fed through the electrical meter, the panel and through the wires in the attic, causing heavy smoke.

Storms, heavy rain, lighting, hail and winds moved through the Miami Valley Monday, according to Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

DP&L need to pull the meter in the house so that it’s safe for crews to work on the house.

Residents were home at the time of the incident. Seagraves said the early notification saved the house. 

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It is too early to estimate the damages, but the home will need a complete wiring job, Seagraves said.

No one was hurt, but Red Cross may need be notified if the house is unsafe to stay in. 

Fire officials urge that people give them early notification when something like this happens. 

Strong storms have exited region; Showers likely return Tuesday morning

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:30 PM

Falling temperatures and the chance for snow through mid-week.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: The threat for severe weather has ended and the strong line of storms has exited to the east. A few more showers are likely to return by Tuesday morning. As temperatures fall, light snow may mix in by daybreak. Morning temperatures will fall into the upper 30s.

UPDATE @ 9:31 p.m.: 

All severe thunderstorm warnings have expired. A strong line of storms continues to move through the Miami Valley. Although not severe, they can produce heavy rain, gusty winds and hail.

UPDATE @ 9:11 p.m.:

A strong line of storms is moving through the Miami Valley. Heavy rain, lightning, hail and gusty winds are possible. Some storms may reach severe limits with winds reaching 60 mph. Once this line moves east, a few showers may be leftover for the night.

There are reports of small hail in Clayton, Gratis and Englewood. 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Showers likely to return Tuesday morning
  • Windy, turning cold
  • Chance rain to snow showers Tuesday

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DETAILED FORECAST

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TUESDAY:  Early scattered rain showers mixing with snow showers during the day, then changing to light passing snow showers before ending into the night. No snow accumulation expected. Temperatures will hold in the 30s through most of the day. Another blustery afternoon with winds gusting as high as 35mph. This will create wind chills in the 20s. Winds relax into the night and clouds break a bit with lows in the middle 20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, blustery and cold for Wednesday with a few flurries possible. Highs in the middle 30s, but feeling like the 20s.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: A pleasant day expected for Thursday with mostly sunny skies and milder temperatures around 40 degrees.

FRIDAY:  Lots of sunshine in the morning will give way to clouds through the day. A mild afternoon with highs around 50 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with the chance for rain showers on Saturday. Breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees.

More than 5,600 still without power in wake of thunderstorms

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:07 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:24 AM

Bellbrook hail

At midnight, there were still more than 5,600 reports of power outages in the region after thunderstorms Monday night boiled up quickly and delivered lightning that left more than 8,400 without power at one point.

PHOTOS: January thunderstorms in Miami Valley

Dayton Power & Light crews will be working through the night to restore power, said Kelly Millhouse, DP&L operations director.

At 12:15 a.m. (Jan. 23), the Dayton Power & Light online outage map was showing the following: 

Darke 1,228 (most south and east of Greenville)

Montgomery 637 (most in the area just north of I-70 West)

Miami 363 (most in the area of the Phoneton community)

Shelby 308 (most just south of Sidney)

Greene 122 (most just south of Beavercreek)

Champaign 70 (most east of Urbana)

Clark and Clinton 2 each

First Energy’s online outage map was showing:

Clark 406

Duke Energy's online outage map was reporting: 

Butler 557

Warren 2,390 

Montgomery 3

Hail was reported in Tipp City, Monroe Twp., Bellbrook, Englewood, Gratis and Clayton.

Hail in Gratis on Monday night, Jan. 22, 2018. (Courtesy/viewer)

Solution met between Dayton food pantry and city officials

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:54 PM

With God’s Grace, a nonprofit food pantry was approved to operate again after a solution was met during a zoning administrative meeting Monday.

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The pantry, located at 622 Springfield St., will begin operations Jan. 31 under new plans.

“When I came out of the meeting, I felt relieved because I know that we got a solution. Our families are still going to be fed knowing that we’re right here in the food desert since the Food 4 Less happened. These families are not going to go without,” Executive Director Nicole Adkins said following her meeting with city officials.

According to Adkins, parking, a neighborhood concern, will change. 

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

A new parking lot layout will be submitted for approval to the Board of Zoning Appeals on Feb. 27 to get their variance approved for their plans of the new staging areas. 

With God’s Grace was ordered to stop operating earlier this month by the city of Dayton because it did not have the required occupancy certificates. City officials said the pantry caused issues with lines outside and visitors parking haphazardly.

The pantry has seen longer lines since the fire at the Food 4 Less in Nov. 2017.