Affidavit: Man shot by Troy police yelled ‘shoot me’

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ 10:52 AM
Updated: Monday, January 26, 2015 @ 6:21 PM

            iWitness7 reporter Donald Degroat captured an officer-involved shooting on camera. The shooting happened Tuesday morning in the city of Troy
iWitness7 reporter Donald Degroat captured an officer-involved shooting on camera. The shooting happened Tuesday morning in the city of Troy

A man shot and wounded by a Troy police officer Jan. 20 remains in custody as the investigation continues. Here are the key facts:

  • Kenneth Coleman Jr. is charged with felony assault
  • Officer Jim Short remains on paid leave
  • Coleman was holding a knife when shot
  • He was taken to a mental health facility

UPDATE @ 6:12 p.m. (Jan. 26): Police responding to a welfare check shot and wounded Kenneth Coleman Jr. after he refused to drop a knife while walking toward the officer yelling “shoot me,” according to an affidavit filed with a request to search the man’s apartment.

Coleman was shot in the legs Jan. 20 by Troy Patrolman Jim Short, who remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Coleman was treated at Miami Valley Hospital before being evaluated by a mental health team and taken to a mental health facility Jan. 21. He is charged with felonious assault.

Police were called to the apartment at 1065 Mayfield Drive on the city’s northeast side around 10:30 a.m. on a request to check the welfare of an occupant. A neighbor reported hearing screaming and loud noises.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22: A Troy man shot Tuesday morning by a police officer responding to call for a welfare check at an apartment has been released from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and taken to a mental health facility, according to Troy police.

Kenneth Coleman Jr., 31, was shot in the legs by Patrolman Jim Short after Coleman, who was armed with a knife, allegedly refused to put the knife down.

The incident, which took place outside Coleman’s apartment at 1065 Mayfield Drive is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Short was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. He has been with the department since May 1998. A charge of felonious assault was filed against Coleman in Miami County Municipal Court. An arraignment date has not been set.

UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (Jan. 20): Veteran Troy police Officer Jim Short is on paid administrative leave after he shot Kenneth Coleman Jr., who was wielding a knife outside an apartment building in the 100 block of Mayfield Drive.

Kenneth Coleman Jr., 31, shot in the legs and taken to Miami Valley Hospital, is expected to survive.

Short, 44, fired when Coleman refused to put down a knife outside the building, Capt. Joe Long said. Short has been with the department since May 1998, according to his personnel file.

The shots were fired before any other officers arrived, the captain said. The number of shots fired is still being determined. Long said witnesses reported hearing two to three shots.

Long said police would be filing a felonious assault charge against Coleman. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is handling the investigation.

Neighbor Robert Kelley said he called 9-1-1 after hearing banging and Coleman “screaming at the top of his lungs.” He said he heard gunshots while crossing the street to go to a friend’s house after making the call. He said Coleman generally “keeps to himself,” adding “it is unfortunate something like that had to happen.”

Long said police were “very familiar” with Coleman and previously had handled calls at the apartment involving loud music and disturbances. The last criminal charge against him in the county was in 2009, according to Municipal Court records. Past charges mostly involved misdemeanors including assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Some of the charges were dismissed.

Tuesday’s incident is the third officer-involved shooting in Troy since 2013. The two previous incidents resulted in fatalities.

Al Pickett, 52, died Aug. 20, 2013, when shot by officers responding to a disturbance at his ex-wife’s apartment. Franklin Jones III, 30, died Dec. 29, 2013, after shooting another Troy man in the buttocks in a dispute. He fired at police responding to reports of gunshots in a residential area. They returned fire, killing him.

UPDATE @ 1 p.m.: The man shot by a Troy police officer has been identified as 31-year-old Kenneth G. Coleman Jr.

Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots in the incident. Coleman’s condition was not available, but he was expected to survive.

The officer involved has not been identified, but he is a veteran Troy police officer, said Capt. Joe Long. The officer involved has been put on paid administrative leave per routine police policy for officer-involved shootings.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.: Troy Police Capt. Joe Long said the officer involved was dispatched on a welfare check/disturbance after the dispatch center received a complaint about loud music coming from an apartment.

The officer confronted a man who was wielding a knife outside the rear of the apartment. The man was shot in the legs, according to Long.

“Our officer confronted the subject and shots were fired with the suspect being hit and the suspect being transported to Miami Valley Hospital,” Long said.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.: The man who was shot has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

WHIO’s Steve Baker will have a live report from the scene during the noon newscast.

UPDATE @ 11:18 a.m.: A Troy officer was responding on a welfare check and the officer shot a man in the legs, authorities said.

The person who was shot was taken to hospital. He’s expected to survive.

Mayfield Drive was blocked to traffic by police caution tape as the investigation gets underway.

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.: A male was shot in an officer-involved shooting, Baker reports.

Troy police are at the scene. A life squad was observed leaving the scene.

We’re working to learn more about what happened.


WHIO’s Steve Baker is en route to the scene of a reported shooting at an apartment in the 1000 block of Mayfield Drive in Troy.

Troy police called for medics shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to scanner traffic.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Teen accused of murdering mother with help of two friends

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

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A 15-year-old and his friend drugged, strangled and stabbed his mother to death at a home in Maine, according to court documents.

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Kimberly Mironovas, 47, was found stabbed and strangled to death at her home in Litchfield, Maine, early on Sunday morning. 

Police say the woman, originally from Ashland, Massachusetts, was killed by her son and his 15-year-old friend. 

A third teenager, a 13-year-old friend, allegedly helped plan the murder.

According to prosecutors, the 13-year-old came up with a plan to kill Mironovas by crushing prescription pills and mixing them into a glass of wine, but court documents show the boys' attempt to secretly mix in the pills failed.

Mironovas’ son and his friend entered her bedroom wearing gloves and armed with a knife early Sunday morning, according to prosecutors.

Mironovas was found shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, and police say she had been strangled and stabbed in the neck.

All three boys were arraigned at a juvenile court in Maine on Monday.

The 15-year-old suspects were charged with one count each of murder, and all three were charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

Mironovas and her son had moved to Maine from their home in Ashland, Massachusetts, where former neighbors told Boston 25 News they hope her son gets help. 

"She was a quiet person," said Jim, a former neighbor. "I think her son was troubled a little bit, she had him in a special school."

Mironovas moved from Ashland to Maine about a year ago to attend cosmetology school.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

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Springfield man accused of choking woman driving with baby in car

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:47 AM

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A Springfield man is facing charges in connection with a Sunday night incident during which he is accused of grabbing a wheel of a car from the passenger seat and almost causing an accident with a baby in the car.

Jasean Fleming, 18, is charged with child endangering, domestic abuse and obstructing official business in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty during an appearance on Monday, and his bond was set at $3,500.

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Police began their investigation when they were flagged down by two women standing on a sidewalk in front of a home on the 800 block of East Street, according to a police affidavit filed with the charges.

“Officers exited the vehicle to see what was going on when the defendant, later identified as Jasen L. Fleming, exited the vehicle and took off on foot southbound behind the residence,” the affidavit says.

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Officers gave chase and eventually caught up with him, the affidavit says. The officers returned to the women, the affidavit says, and were told that the three had been in the same car along with a baby.

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They said the driver and Fleming got into an argument during which he demanded she pull the car over, but she refused.

“(The driver) advised at this time Mr. Fleming began to grab the wheel as she was driving, causing her to lose control of the vehicle while still in motion,” the report says.

The driver was able to pull the car safely to the curb, the report says.

A witness who was in the car said Fleming also grabbed the driver by her throat during the argument, the affidavit says.

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The affidavit says there were no visible injuries on the driver, but Fleming was arrested because of the allegations.

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Deputy injured, suspect in custody after 2-hour standoff in Champaign Co.

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:43 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:10 AM

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One person is in custody and a deputy was injured after a police standoff that occurred in Champaign County Sunday evening.

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Officials were called to a residence near the 100 block of East Dallas Road for a complaint around 6 p.m. When deputies arrived, a man, unrelated to the complaint call, ran, prompting officials to chase after him. 

A struggle with one of the deputies occurred after they caught up with the suspect. The deputy was hit in the forehead, reportedly with handcuffs, causing injury, officials said.

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With the officer down, the suspect ran inside a house on East Dallas Road with handcuffs on, barricading himself.  

Police were in a standoff outside the house for over two hours, using a bullhorn urging to get the man to come outside. He eventually was brought out of the residence in handcuffs.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.

There were more than 20 cruisers and fire vehicles at the scene, blocking the road at U.S. 68.

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Man arrested in night club double homicide ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:51 PM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @8:44 p.m.: The man arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred outside Rick’s Jazz Club has been identified.

James A. Davison, 24, was booked in Montgomery County Jail on two preliminary counts of murder Monday afternoon.

He is due in court Tuesday, according to the jail’s website.

Davison has a third charge, a misdemeanor for failure to appear and is due in court Wednesday.

UPDATE @ 6:23 p.m. (April 23): A 24-year-old male has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in the weekend shooting at a Dayton jazz club. 

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The man was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Dovetree Boulevard in Moraine, a Dayton police spokeswoman confirmed Monday afternoon. 

He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on one count of murder, according to Sgt. Mike Godsey.

Dayton Police Detectives and the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office will meet to present the case and discuss formal charges, Godsey said.

The suspect’s name has not been released. 

According to some Web directories, the business where the shooting occurred is listed as Rick Jazz Lab.

Godsey said the public, the F.B.I. and the U.S. Marshals Service helped make the arrest possible.

We’ll update this report as we learn more.

Police said one person was taken into custody at a Moraine apartment complex in connection to the fatal shooting of two people outside a Dayton nightclub. (Chuck Hamlin/Staff)

FIRST REPORT (April 21):

Two people killed in a shooting outside a Dayton nightclub early Saturday have been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The shooting happened outside Rick’s Jazz Club located in the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue  around 3:40 a.m.
The victims were a couple and had just welcomed a baby boy two months ago, family said at a vigil held Sunday evening.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, said Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)

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