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

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.

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.

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U.S. 35 at I-75 reopened following closure due to high water

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:15 AM

UPDATE @ 2:57 a.m.

Both directions of U.S. 35 have reopened after briefly closing due to high waters Saturday, according to dispatchers.

Waters have receded in the areas of James H. McGee and I-75, however, water is still high in some portions of U.S. 35.

EARLIER REPORT

East and westbound U.S. 35 at I-75 is blocked while crews address heavy flooding in the area. 

Crews were dispatched to the highway around 2 a.m. on reports of impassible roads and heavy flooding. 

Initial reports indicate traffic is being diverted from U.S. 35 to I-75 north, according to initial reports. 

Callers into this newsroom have also reported high waters on eastbound U.S. 35. at James H. McGee.

We will continue to monitor highway conditions and post updates here.

Dayton fire crews encounter heavy flames at reported house fire

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 2:43 AM

Dayton fire crews are responding to a house fire on Adelite Avenue Saturday morning. Jordyn Huffman/Staff

Dayton fire crews are responding to a reported house fire Saturday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to a home at the intersection of McCall Street and Adelite Avenue, according to dispatchers. 

Our crew reports heavy flames are coming from the structure as crews attempt to enter the house. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown if anyone was home at the time the fire was reported. 

We are working to learn what caused the fire and if anyone was injured as a result.

More than 50K may be without full coverage at Miami Valley Hospital

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 10:49 PM

As of midnight Sunday, more than 50,000 people in the Dayton area may not have in-network insurance coverage at Miami Valley Hospital.

UnitedHealthcare and Premier Health Network have not reached a new agreement for employer-sponsored and individual plans. The current contract expires April 30 for premier hospitals and facilities.

Premier and UnitedHealthcare extended its contract through Dec. 31 for those with Medicare Advantage plans. This includes about 7,000 members in the Dayton area, said Tony Marusic, communications director for UnitedHealthcare.

If an agreement for employer-sponsored plans is not reached in the coming weeks, Premier physicians also will be out of network beginning May 14. Also on May 14, both Premier hospitals and physicians would be out of network for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid plans.

Some members may be able to receive in-network coverage for a period of time if the contract expires, such as members who are pregnant or undergoing active treatment for a serious medical condition, such as cancer. 

In the event of an emergency, UnitedHealthcare said its members should go to the nearest hospital because emergency services are covered as an in-network benefit.

For more information about employer-sponsored and individual health plans, visit www.myuhc.com. For Medicaid health plans, visit www.myuhc.com/communityplan

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Springfield police investigating body found in duplex as suspicious

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 10:47 PM
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 11:12 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- (UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m.) Police are trying to determine whether the woman lives in the duplex where she was found dead. They are also trying to determine her age. 

The Clark County coroner's investigator has arrived.

INITIAL REPORT

Springfield police have opened a death investigation after a woman’s body was found in one side of a duplex in the 200 block of North Race Street.

The discovery was called in about 7:52 p.m. and police at this point are treating the death as suspicious.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report as we get information.