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No charges in April police officer-involved shooting

Published: Sunday, April 17, 2016 @ 2:15 AM
Updated: Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 7:25 PM


            Wexford Place shooting update
Wexford Place shooting update

The latest in the April officer-involved shooting on Wexford Place in Dayton that left a woman dead:

  • County grand jury declines to indict police officers
  • Police: Kisha Arrone fired before officers shot, killed her
  • Officers acted in self-defense, grand jury decides
  • Dayton Unit NAACP says it will investigate the shooting

 

UPDATE @ 2:47 p.m. (June 17)

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A Montgomery County grand jury has declined to indict the Dayton police officers who shot and killed 35-year-old Kisha Arrone, of Dayton, on April 17.

Over a period of two days, the grand jury heard testimony and evidence related to Arrone’s shooting by officers in the 3100 block of Wexford Place, according to a prepared statement from Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.’s office.

The grand jury returned a no true bill, finding the officers acted in self‐defense as well as in the defense of others.

On April 17, Dayton police responded to multiple 911 calls concerning shots fired in the area of Hilltop Homes.

One of the callers, the wife of Kisha Arrone, reported Arrone had threatened her by holding a semi‐automatic handgun to her head. In a struggle over the gun, it discharged.

Arrone then went to her pickup truck and fired additional rounds, according to the statement from the prosecutor’s office.

When officers arrived, Arrone refused to comply with commands to exit the vehicle and she left the scene. Police pursued the vehicle for almost an hour, making numerous attempts to stop her vehicle.

Eventually back on Wexford Place, Arrone exited the vehicle with the firearm in her hand. She refused commands to drop the weapon and fired the gun into the air while walking toward her wife and a group of people, according to a release.

Three Dayton police officers discharged their duty weapons at Arrone, fatally wounding her.

INITIAL REPORT (April 17)

Kisha Arrone presented a ‘significant threat’ to her victim and the public, and officers reacted to the imminent threat by fatally shooting her, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said during a press conference Monday afternoon.

“We regret that the outcome of this escalation resulted in the loss of life,” he said. “It was an outcome that we worked very hard to prevent.”

Biehl said the three officers at the scene shot a total of 20 times and struck Arrone 10 times.

During the course of the press conference, Biehl played cruiser camera videos from the incident. At one point, prior to Arrone being shot, she revved up her truck’s engine while telling police she wanted to talk. But police asked her multiple times to “turn the car off now,” according to cruiser camera audio.

When she finally stepped out of the car, Arrone raised a gun in the air and fired with lots of bystanders in the area, Biehl said, noting that investigations into the case will continue and the results will be turned over to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office. Officers responding with fire all took place in four seconds.

The Dayton police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Arrone were identified as Adam Sharp, Jamie Luckoski and Alexander Dole. Sharp was sworn in Jan. 11, 2007, Dole sworn in April 12, 2013 and Luckoski sworn in Sept. 12, 2014. All three are on administrative leave following the incident.

The Dayton Unit NAACP said it will investigate the shooting “to make sure the police were within the guidelines,” according to its president Derrick Foward.

“The Dayton NAACP will be reviewing this case and collecting the facts as they exist and then make a determination on how we proceed on this particular case,” Foward said. “That’s all we really can do at this time because we don’t have the facts. We just have what we’ve heard on the news.”

Foward said he was interested in learning more about the comments reported by this news organization from Arrone’s cousin, Monique Spears. Spears said police could have apprehended her peacefully.

“There’s always two sides to every story and there’s the timeline (of events),” Foward said. “The timeline is critical.”

Dayton police booked 20 spent casings into evidence after the police-involved shooting of Arrone.

A police report also listed two bullets, six cartridges, four Glock handguns, two Hi Point handguns, two Rock River Arms rifles, ring boxes, box bottoms, box tops, blood samples, home phones and stop sticks as evidence.

Arrone’s autopsy is complete, but her cause and manner of death have not yet been released by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officers were first dispatched to Wexford Place around 12:15 a.m. after police received several calls of shots fired in the area. Witnesses told police Arrone was involved in a disturbance with her domestic partner where she held a gun to the woman’s head, threatened to kill her and fired several shots.

Arrone attempted to drive away from the scene, but was stopped when police used spike strips to flatten the truck’s tires. She remained inside the truck, holding a handgun to her own head, and refused police orders to exit the truck and drop the weapon.

Arrone was killed after she exited the truck and fired a gun into the air while walking toward her domestic partner and others. She ignored commands to drop her gun, the chief said. “In an effort to protect Arrone’s domestic partner and other individuals in harm’s way, three Dayton police officers discharged their weapons to stop Arrone.”

Arrone had multiple involvements with police, including an arrest in July 2015 where she threatened to shoot a home on Wexler Place. According to Dayton police reports, Arrone allegedly broke a window of the home with a tire iron before being locked out of the home by its owner. She was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing and criminal damaging.

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