One man was shot and injured in a police officer-involved shooting Thursday night in Dayton:
- The passenger ran from a traffic stop at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue
- A Kettering police officer chased the armed passenger; the driver was released
- The officer shot and wounded the passenger when he would not drop the gun
- Wayne Morgan, who police shot, released from Miami Valley Hospital Saturday
UPDATE @ 3:09 p.m. (June 25):
Wayne Morgan, who was shot by Kettering police after he fled a traffic stop, had his bond set at $100,000 during his initial appearance in court Monday afternoon.
He is due back in court July 2.
UPDATE @ 12:21 p.m. (June 25):
The passenger who ran from police during a traffic stop and was shot by a Kettering police officer has been released from the hospital, officials said.
Wayne Morgan was discharged from Miami Valley Hospital Saturday, a spokesperson said.
Morgan is now in the Montgomery County Jail awaiting arraignment on several charges including resisting arrest and several weapons related charges, according to court records.
UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. (June 21):
The passenger, identified as 31-year-old Wayne Morgan, was shot when he refused the Kettering police officer’s order to drop a handgun he was holding, Kettering Police Chief Christopher “Skip” Protsman said at a news conference held at Kettering Fire Department Headquarters.
Morgan had run from the stopped vehicle, and then broke away from the officer during a confrontation with the officer a short distance from the stopped vehicle.
Protsman said the officer, while giving chase on foot, saw that Morgan had a handgun and ordered him to drop it. Morgan ran into an alley and turned quickly toward the officer, who fired at least once when he thought he was forced to defend himself.
Morgan, hit in the arm and side, remains in a hospital. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.
The driver of the car police stopped was not charged and has been released, the chief said.
The officer’s name is not being released, the chief said.
The city of Dayton will handle the criminal investigation. Kettering police are doing an administrative review of this case. The Kettering officer who shot Morgan is on paid administrative leave.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m.:
Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson said he’s working on downloading the cameras and radio traffic from the shooting and there might be video and audio available of what happened available later today.
The Dayton Police Department is conducting a separate investigation into the incident, he said.
A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue on Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired. A call for officer needs assistance was issued to surrounding agencies, according to information from the Kettering Police Department.
“We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Lt. Gabrielson stated in the release.
The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in Dayton.
“A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” said Mark Ecton, Dayton assistant police chief and deputy director.
The driver is in custody, he said.
It’s not clear how many shots were fired or whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.
The man was taken to a hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.
The investigation has not mentioned whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.
Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.
“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.
There were officers from at least three police departments.