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Son’s statements may help police understand Hamilton County homicide 

Published: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 1:40 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 10:56 PM

State trooper shoots homicide suspect in Vandalia

UPDATE @ 10:14 p.m. (July 5):  A 10-year-old boy might be a key to helping police understand what happened when Dana Dubose stabbed his wife to death in her Hamilton County home and was shot to death by a state trooper in Vandalia a few hours later. 

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According to Springfield Twp. police, the child -- who was the son of 32-year-old Princess Brown -- ran to Vanisha Johnson's home in the aftermath of Monday night's slaying. 

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A search of Hamilton County court records shows Dubose and Brown married Aug. 25, 2016. 

"It's just sad that that even happened to her," Johnson told News Center 7's John Bedell of Brown. "Like she didn't deserve that at all." 

According to police, a neighbor called 9-1-1, which brought police to Brown's home after what the boy said: "Mom and them is fighting!" 

(Courtesy/Vanisha Johnson)

The Ohio Highway Patrol is declining to release the name of the trooper who fired the shots that killed Dubose, 36, early Tuesday in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Vandalia. 

The trooper remains on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation and the incident is reviewed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, according to OHP Lt. Robert Sellers. 

Dubose was on parole for domestic violence and having weapons as a felon in Hamilton County. He was released from prison in February 2016 after serving six-and-a-half months with credit for 519 days in jail, according the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

He was sentenced to prison in May 2008 for for four years on convictions in Hamilton County for aggravated burglary and violation of a protection order. 

Dubose was initially released in late December 2011 but violated parole and was sent back to prison in July 2013, then released again in March 2014.

UPDATE @ 1:32 p.m. (July 4)

Officers found 32-year-old Princess Brown dead with stab wounds on the floor of a Murat Court home at about 11:58 p.m. Monday, police said in a news release.

UPDATE @ 10:35 a.m. 

A man shot and killed by a state trooper in Vandalia early Tuesday morning was a suspect in a homicide that occurred in Hamilton County late Monday night. 

State troopers identified the man killed as Dana D. Dubose, 36, of Cincinnati. 

Dana D. Dubose, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, a state trooper, who was not identified, conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 40 near Ranch View Drive in Vandalia, Lt. Robert Sellers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a media release. While on the traffic stop, another vehicle not related to the traffic stop, a white Chevrolet Cruze, rammed the trooper’s patrol car. 

“The male driver, covered in blood, exited the car and approached the trooper while brandishing a knife,” Sellers said. 

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The trooper gave verbal commands to Dubose as he exited the vehicle and began to walk across a parking lot next to the roadway. 

“The man continued to disregard verbal commands and lunged at the trooper with the knife extended,” Sellers said. “The trooper discharged one round from the service weapon striking the man.” 

Dubose was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Troopers said Dubose was a suspect in a homicide that occurred in Springfield Twp., Hamilton County at 11:58 p.m. Monday. 

A 32-year-old woman was found dead inside a home on Murat Court in Springfield Twp., Hamilton County, police said in a release. The identity of the woman was not available, pending notification of family. 

UPDATE @5 a.m. 

Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed a male suspect was shot and killed on East National Road early Tuesday.

A OSHP trooper stopped a vehicle that ran a red light, according to Lt. Robert Sellers. During the traffic stop another vehicle, a white Chevrolet Cruze, crashed into the state trooper’s cruiser.

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After the crash, the suspect got out of the Cruze with a knife, Sellers said. 

When the suspect refused to drop his weapon, the trooper shot the suspect. 

The trooper will be placed on routine administrative leave. 

The trooper has sustained minor injuries from the crash. 

INITIAL REPORT (July 4)

VANDALIA — A shooting was reported at McDonald’s on East National Road early Tuesday. 

The shooting occurred after a 12:47 a.m. Ohio State Highway Patrol traffic stop.

We are working to bring you more information on this developing story. 

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