CONTINUING COVERAGE


Suspect shot by Englewood officer had ‘lengthy criminal history’

Published: Sunday, February 05, 2017 @ 3:51 PM
Updated: Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 6:02 PM

Suspect dies in Englewood officer involved shooting

ENGLEWOOD — A 10-year veteran Englewood police officer shot and injured a man suspected of shooting a firearm at a motel.

  • The man shot and killed by an Englewood police officer on Feb. 5 has been identified as 41-year-old Shelly Porter III.
  • Porter died of multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital, according to the coroner’s office
  • The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate the officer-involved shooting

The officer has been identified as Timothy Corcoran. He has has 17 total years of law enforcement experience, Lang said.

According to police, the Motel 6 manager called police around 2:20 p.m. on Sunday to report Porter damaged a room at the motel located at 9325 North Main Street. Police say he discharged a firearm at the motel. 

“A physical altercation broke out ultimately leading to the officer having to fire his weapon in defense of his own life,” Lang said.

Lang said while the department would like to release body camera footage of the incident to the public, the department needs to protect the integrity of the investigation, while BCI and a Montgomery County grand jury review the case.

Englewood Police Officer TIm Corcoran (Courtesy/Englewood Police Department)

UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m. (Feb. 6)

An assistant manager from Motel 6 in Englewood told a dispatcher that a guest had been seen walking back and forth and “looking awkward.”  

Police responded to shots fired into the Motel 6 and eventually an Englewood officer shot a suspect after a struggle at an out-of-business motel nearby.

That suspect, Shelly Porter III, died from his injuries in the emergency room at Miami Valley Hospital.

“We found bullets in the room. They shot through our window,” the assistant manager said of damage to Room 209. “The maintenance man checked it out. The bullets actually went through Room 134 and another room upstairs from another building.

The manger said the housekeeper had reported that earlier the guest was walking back and forth and looking kind of awkward. 

“They were due to check out today and they’re gone, but we need to make a report on this,” the manager said.

Englewood police Sgt. Mike Lang said the department has never had a police-involved fatal shooting. But there have been two previous officer-involved shootings, including one that involved Lang himself. 

“In 2010, (Officer) Chip Ridgway, while off-duty at the time, interrupted an armed robbery at his family’s pharmacy in East Dayton and returned fire on the suspect,” Lang said. “In 1999, I fired upon an armed robbery suspect. In both cases, the suspects lived and were convicted. The shootings were cleared.”  

The police report from Sunday indicated that an Englewood police officer responded at 1:15 p.m. The officer wrote that a housekeeper reported she heard what sounded like gunshots about an hour earlier than that.  The reporting officer in the Englewood police incident report was listed as J.M. Brownfield.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6

The man who was shot by an Englewood police officer on Sunday died from multiple gunshot wounds at the Miami Valley Hospital emergency room, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The man has been identified as Shelly Porter III, 41, address at large, according to the coroner’s office.

According to court records, Porter had several misdemeanor cases and a couple low-level felony cases. 

Porter was convicted in January 2016 on two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of vandalism. He was sentenced to community control, which was terminated in November 2016.  

Porter also had his intervention in lieu of conviction revoked after not successfully completing a drug treatment program, according to court records.

EARLIER (Feb. 5)

The officer was looking for the suspect and tracked him to the closed motel located at 1212 South Main Street, according to Englewood police Sgt. Michael Lang.

“That officer did everything he could do to bring that situation to a peaceful resolution,” Lang said. “That officer was in fear of his life and the suspect was obviously armed.”

The officer found the suspect at the abandoned motel and an altercation ensued. The suspect was reportedly armed and refused to obey the officer’s orders, according to Lang. The officer fired one or more rounds and struck the suspect.

Police said the suspect was known to them.

The officer who fired the shot was wearing a body camera, Lang said. This newsroom will be requesting video that should have been recorded during the incident. 

No one else was involved in the incident, according to police. Officers went door-to-door at the abandoned motel to make sure no one else was there and may have been a witness. 

The motel has been a public safety concern, with people looting and squatting inside the buildings. The Englewood Inn was recently closed and is in the process of being torn down, Lang said.

The Motel 6 manager was not available to describe damages to the room, and staff said they were not able to comment about the incident.

Download our free apps to get news and weather updates on your mobile devices.

An investigation is underway into an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, 2017, on the property of the former Englewood Inn on South Main Street in Englewood. DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF

Police: Laid-off worker steals work truck from Vandalia business

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

DeAngelo Byrd/Staff
DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

A worker who was recently laid off stole a work truck from his former employer and was later arrested during a traffic stop, according to Vandalia police. 

TRENDING: The Christmas Killings: Dayton’s worst crime spree

Officers responded to Jones & Frank at 7468 Webster Street in Vandalia around 11 a.m. Friday on reports of a work vehicle that was stolen. 

TRENDING: Arrest warrants issued for 2 wanted in connection to death of mother of 9

The vehicle was followed by an officer from Montgomery County into Miami County, before it was stopped near New Carlisle, investigators said. 

The driver, who was not identified, was taken into custody. There were no injuries and the vehicle was not damaged, police said.

Additional details were not available. 

Local toy drive: FLOC partners with The Shopping Bag to help area children in need

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

For Love of Children or (FLOC) is partnering with The Shopping Bag to make sure underprivileged children in the Miami Valley have a Christmas to remember.

The Shopping Bag is located at 3109 Far Hills Avenue in Kettering and will be a drop of location for new toys to benefit FLOC’s annual Christmas for Kids program.

Fairhaven Church partners with the LEC to provide a Christmas for the less fortunate

From December 15, through December 22 if you drop off a new unwrapped toy to the Shopping Bag you will receive a gift card to the store. (One per family) 

"The FLOC toy shelves are very barren this year, but the need has increased". Said Beth Mann, President of the FLOC Board of Directors. 

"The partnership with The Shopping Bag and the good people of the Miami Valley will guarantee a very Merry Christmas for the hundreds of families we serve."

RELATED: See more trending stories on WHIO.com

The Shopping Bag will also match all toy donations and toys will be given to FLOC on December 22 in time to be distributed for Christmas.

"When made aware FLOC was in need of toys this close to the holidays, we jumped at the chance to help because the holidays are more about giving than receiving. Hearing children would possibly not have a gift under the tree, our team said this couldn't be and we had to step into action.' Said Lauren Murphy-Zahora, President of The Shopping Bag. 

"The Shopping Bag appreciates the opportunity to do our part in making Christmas extra special this holiday season for children throughout the Miami Valley." Lauren added.

The mission of For Love of Children, is to provide financial, educational, and advocacy support to youth throughout the Greater Dayton Area. FLOC began servicing area children in 1980, and has grown into an industry of volunteers who are passionate about caring for neglected and abused children, children in foster care, and children in need of community resource. You can find more information at FlocDayton.org

The Shopping Bag was created in 2012 with an online presence. After achieving a strong national following the Shopping Bag expanded and opened its flagship store in Kettering, Ohio in 2017. For more information you can visit TheShoppingBag.com.

Car crashes into pole, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:09 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

Car strikes pole, bursts into flames

A loud explosion could be heard as a car burst into flames after crashing into a pole in Dayton early Friday.

The crash was reported around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of James H. McGee Boulevard and Germantown Street.

>> Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

A spare tire exploded when the car caught fire, according to fire officials. 

When firefighters arrived, the occupants had fled. No one was in the car when it caught fire.

MercyPets aims to help alleviate child hunger

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph.
HANDOUT/Marvin Joseph
Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph.(HANDOUT/Marvin Joseph)

A new organization launched by Rev. Satish Joseph from the Immaculate Conception Church aims to assist in child hunger, by taking a portion of the money you would spend on your pet and putting that same amount toward fighting child hunger.

“I decided to make a commitment, because there was no limit to to what I would spend on Tutu,” Joseph said, referring to the dog he received as a Christmas gift in 2010.

LOCAL NEWS: Kettering murder case: 3 to testify about Fairmont teen’s killing

Joseph said he worked with the Dayton Foundation to launch MercyPets and in less than a week the organization has raised $20,000 for hungry children.

The mission of the non-profit group is to inspire pet lovers to commit donating a matching percentage of their pet expenses to help fight child hunger.

“If everybody gave one percent of what they spent - one percent - that would add up to $61 million,” Satish said.

For more information on how you can help visit mercypets.org