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Man, 19, wounded in Dayton officer-involved shooting was sought in blitz

Published: Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 6:32 PM

Robert Trammel Smith, is in custody at the Montgomery County Jail on failure to comply, having weapons while under disability and improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle, according to the jail booking site.

UPDATE @ 6:32 p.m.: The 19-year-old wounded in Thursday’s Dayton police officer-involved shooting was one of four men police were looking for as part of a targeted neighborhood blitz to reduce gun violence, Chief Richard Biehl said at a news conference.

Re’al Streety remained in critical but stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital on Friday evening stemming from the shooting on Kosmo Drive.

>> RELATED: Man in critical condition after officer-involved shooting in Dayton

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Other developments from the news conference called by Biehl and Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck:

  • Robert Trammel Smith, 24, was arrested at the scene Thursday and detained on charges of failure to comply, having a weapon as a felon and improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle. He was not injured in the shooting.
  • The three Dayton police officers involved in the shooting -- Patrolman William Overholtz, Detective Jason Rhodes and Detective Dave House -- remain on administrative leave for the duration of a criminal investigation by the sheriff’s office and an internal investigation by the police department’s Professional Standards Bureau. 

WHAT HAPPENED

During Thursday’s blitz, police noticed a vehicle that had excessive tint and a license plate that wasn’t registered to it. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but Smith, the driver, reportedly sped off.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which was participating in the enforcement blitz, followed the vehicle via its air patrol and relayed the vehicle’s location to law enforcement on the ground.

>> 2 OVI checkpoints conducted in Montgomery County tonight

Smith eventually drove up to a second vehicle, got out of the one he was driving and got into the second vehicle.

The second vehicle had two other people in it, including Streety, Biehl said.

Officers blocked that second vehicle. When that occurred, Streety got out and ran. Police chased him in a foot pursuit. It was during the chase that all three officers fired at least one shot each when Streety ignored several commands to drop his weapon, Biehl said. 

At least one bullet hit Streety in the chest and stomach area.

Re'al Streety (Courtesy/Dayton Police Department)

Biehl said Streety was one of four persons of interest in the investigations of multiple violent crimes and officers involved in the blitz were specifically looking for those four males.

The driver in that second vehicle Smith got into was released.

Biehl called the actions of Overholtz, Rhodes and House “professional” and said it’s the job of police to pursue people and take them into custody if they think someone is a risk to the community.

One of the shots police fired went into the apartment of a woman, who said she and her son were forced to dive for cover. She lives in the Georgetown Village apartments, near West Third and Williams streets. The apartments are near Kosmo Drive, where Streety was wounded.

“I didn’t know anything was going on,” she said, asking not to be identified by name. “I hear ‘pop, pop.’ My son jumps up, I see something flying around the living room. I see people running past the door. They have police vests on. At that point, I’m just crying.”

She said she dialed 9-1-1 when realized one of the slugs penetrated her residence.

BIehl said investigators are aware the slug went into the woman’s residence. He didn’t address it directly at the news conference, except to say that part of what happened will be reviewed.

The sheriff’s office is handling the criminal investigation because one of the detectives involved in the incident is part of the homicide unit, which investigates officer-involved shootings.

Streck said he’d like to have the case ready for the prosecutor’s office in roughly six weeks.