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Police shooting: Kettering cruiser camera video released

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 6:55 PM
Updated: Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

KPD Dashcam Officer involved shooting

Kettering police Chief Chip Protsman released cruiser camera footage from the officer-involved shooting that left Jason Hoops, 33, dead. 

  • Officer Jonathon McCoy on administrative leave until investigation finishes
  • Dead man is Jason Hoops, 33, of Dayton
  • Cruiser footage shows 13 minutes of activity, leading up to, during and after the shooting
  • Hoops had a gun on his person

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m. (Sept. 1):

Our reporters are now going through documents released, including Officer McCoy’s personnel file. 

One incident shows in February of 2017, McCoy was found to have violated department policy by discarding of contraband (roaches) on the ground during a call. 

Officer McCoy was one of three Kettering officers who received a commendation for actions taken April 26, 2016, to save a life. The officers recognized an unresponsive man needed medical attention and administering CPR and using an automated electronic defibrillator before paramedics had arrived, the commendation noted.

We will continue to update this story.

Dash cam video released from Kettering officer-involved shooting

UPDATE @ 10:20 am (Sept. 1):

It was over a minute between when Officer McCoy saw the gun and shots were first fired, the police chief said. During that minute, Jason Hoops was told six times to put his hands on dash and given multiple commands not to reach for the gun and not do anything stupid.

Hoops pulled his hand away from the officer and then down before shots were fired.

Leading up to the shots, the back passenger says, “Jason please don’t do it and it’s not worth it.”

Female says: “Please stop and do what the officer is telling you.”

The gun was found on the floorboard when the officers opened the door, so the gun had come out of the front pocket and onto the floor, said Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman.

Protsman said Jason Hoops had made previous statements to people who knew him that he would die before going back to prison and would take an officer out if he had to.

The van had been stopped for a failure to signal a lane change.

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Officer McCoy will stay on administrative leave until a grand jury reviews the case.

UPDATE @ 10:03 a.m. (Sept. 1):

Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman is showing a 13-minute video from Officer Jonathon McCoy’s camera. 

As he approaches the van and tries to determine who is in the car and where they are coming from. 

You hear the officer say, “Hands on the dash. Do not (expletive) move,” McCoy said. 

“Ma’am stay in the car. Do not do anything stupid. Relax. If you reach for that gun I will blow your (expletive) brains out,” McCoy said, speaking to the passenger at the passenger window. 

Then shots fired, one burst followed by a second. 

The female driver runs out of the vehicle. 

A second male passenger comes out of van and onto the ground.

“Passenger’s got a gun in his pocket,” McCoy says on his radio.

The man shot, later identified as Jason Hoops, is pulled from the van and given CPR. 

>>PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE: Kettering shooting

>>DATABASE: Officer involved shootings in the Miami Valley

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. (Aug. 29): 

Kettering police said a pipe bomb was recovered during a search of Jason Hoops’ residence in Dayton Monday. 

The pipe bomb was removed by the Dayton Police Bomb Squad while Kettering investigators executed a search warrant of the residence Hoops rented in the 100 block of South McGee Street in Dayton. 

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m. (Aug. 29):

A suspicious device found during a search of an residence rented by a man shot and killed by a Kettering police officer prompted a response by the Dayton Police Bomb Squad.

Kettering police confirmed they executed a search warrant of a residence in the 100 block of South McGee Street in Dayton Monday afternoon that was rented by Jason Hoops, the man shot and killed during a traffic stop by Kettering police officer Jonathon McCoy on Aug. 27. 

Investigators said while Kettering officers were searching the apartments, a device that appeared to be a homemade explosive device was found, prompting investigators to call for the Dayton Police Bomb Squad. 

Kettering investigators said the bomb squad took possession of the suspicious device, but it was not known if the device was dangerous or if it was safely detonated later. 

Additional details surrounding the investigation of the fatal officer-involved shooting were not yet available. 

UPDATE @11:45 a.m. (Aug. 28):

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in an officer-involved shooting as Jason Hoops, 33, of Fairborn. 

Hoop’s cause of death was not yet ruled by an investigator. 

During a press conference Monday morning about Sunday’s officer-involved shooting, Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said the incident started as traffic stop, and two passengers were in the vehicle.

The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Jonathon McCoy, who has been with the Kettering Police Department since May 2015.  He previously worked for the University of Dayton Police and part-time in Cedarville, the Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said. 

The chief did not confirm or deny witness accounts that a gun was pointed at McCoy. 

McCoy will be placed on administrative leave, the chief said.

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In 2016, McCoy helped a 60-year-old man who fell in his home hours before and was unable to reach his phone to call for help. 

Kettering Police Officer Jonathon McCoy (Contributed Photo/Kettering Police Department)

FIRST REPORT (Aug. 27):

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed it was called to Miami Valley Hospital to pick up the body of the person shot by a Kettering police officer on Sunday.

The coroner’s office said it plans to release the shooting victim’s identification information on Monday. 

>>PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE: Kettering shooting

>>DATABASE: Officer involved shootings in the Miami Valley

The Dayton Daily News I-Team’s officer involved shooting database – which keeps a tally of area officer involved shootings since 1995 – does not show any shootings involving a Kettering officer during that time period.

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Staff writer Will Garbe contributed to this report.

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Middletown police chief responds to mother’s allegation of officer misconduct

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

Mother says her son was beat up by Middletown police officers

A mother’s post on Facebook that her son feared for his life during an arrest by Middletown police was “blown out of proportion,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said.

In a Facebook post attributed to LaShandra R. Tatum, Isaiah Elliott’s son, she wrote: “Middletown police did this to my son after he was in handcuffs begging for his life. He said he thought he was going to die and he kept saying yes sir to the officers. The officer touched his gun and told my son I will smoke you!!!! The prayers of the righteous availeth much! Thank you Jesus. Now direct me to a lawyer please!!!!”

But in another post, Elliott, wrote, in part: “My mama over did it…not once did I beg for my life or tell her I thought I was (going to) die…”

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When contacted by this news outlet, Elliott said: “Nothing happened.” Then he hung up the phone.

His girlfriend, who was with Elliott, also refused to comment on the phone.

Later, Elliott contacted this news outlet, at the urging of his mother, he said.

He said the officer was “very forceful” during the arrest.

Tatum said she wished she never posted anything on social media about the incident. Still, she’s seeking a lawyer because she wants to see if there’s a video available of the arrest.

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During the alleged incident, Tatum said her son asked his girlfriend to “record” what the police were doing. Instead, the girlfriend called Tatum, crying and saying police were “abusing” her son.

“He’s not some angel,” she said. “He’s a 19-year-old black boy who has issues. Thank God he’s alive.”

Tatum said she has talked to her son and told him to obey commands from police. He should have left the apartment complex as he was instructed by officers, his mother said.

Muterspaw said Tatum, or anyone who has an issue with alleged officer misconduct, should meet with him, and if they don’t trust police, they are welcome to bring a lawyer or pastor to the meeting. He said his department is “open and transparent.” Muterspaw also contacted the NAACP, Citizens Advisory Board, and the Black Ministerial Alliance to make them aware of the investigation.

He said Tatum left out “10 times the facts” in her social media post that was shared more than 1,000 times.

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Muterspaw said that around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Holly Owens was dispatched to a disturbance at Trinity Place Apartments. A woman who lived there told police that she didn’t want to file charges but she wanted Elliott, 19, of Cincinnati, to leave the complex.

Officers stood by while Elliott left the complex, according to Muterspaw.

Later that same day, police were called after the woman said Elliott had returned and started a fight with her before she escaped the apartment and went to the clubhouse and called the police.

She told the officers Elliott was pushing her around, Muterspaw said, but didn’t want to file charges.

The apartment management also told police they wanted Elliott trespassed off the property.

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Police then responded to the apartment for a third disturbance. This time, Officer Jordan Wagers was talking to the complainant and she went back inside the apartment to get a few things. That’s when the officer heard her scream, according to a police report.

Wagers said the woman ran outside, crying and screaming that Elliott was chasing her. Wagers stopped Elliott and told him to leave the property but he refused, according to the police report.

At that time, Wagers told Elliott he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, but Elliott refused, according to police. He was told several times to comply but he refused, police said.

Wagers then took Elliott to the ground and got him handcuffed, police said.

During the take down, Elliot received scrapes on his face, but declined treatment by medics and the hospital, Muterspaw said.

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Elliott was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

On Friday, Elliott was found guilty of resisting arrest and ordered to stay away from the woman’s apartment, according to court documents.

Muterspaw said Elliott has a history of the following arrests: physical harm to a law enforcement officer (2017), criminal trespass (2017) and two counts of obstructing official business (2017).

Sgt. Earl Nelson and Sgt. Raqib Ahmed both reviewed and signed off on the incident investigation. Maj. David Birk also has approved the use of force by officers during the incident, the chief said.

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Police: 1 arrested in connection to double fatal shooting at Dayton nightclub

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:30 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 @3:30 p.m. (April 23):

One person has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in connection to a weekend shooting at Rick’s Jazz Club, according to Dayton police. 

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

The identity of the suspect was not released. 

Darion Harris, 29, and Ashley James, 28, both died from their injuries in the shooting outside the nightclub early Saturday morning. 

We’ll update this page 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 morning 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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UPDATED: Oxford police troll kids busted for handing cops fake IDs

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

Miami University. FILE
Miami University. FILE

This story has been updated.

Police near Miami University seized at least 16 reportedly fake IDs Friday night.

The Oxford Police Department posted an image on Twitter of the allegedly fraudulent IDs.

“We didn’t get invited to any parties so we went Uptown last night,” the department posted on Twitter. “Thanks to all those that tried to pass Fake IDs to officers last night.”

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The tweet had been shared 65 times and liked more than 1,000 times, as of this story’s publication.

The IDs appear to be from all over the nation, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Vermont, Maryland, and Maine. At least one appears to be from Ohio.

Not everyone on Twitter thought the joke was funny.

“Wow, how crappy of you to take something that is probably embarrassing and make a joke out of it,” said another. “Funny how you don’t do that for all of your arrests. What makes you so mean today?”

Chief John Jones said the IDs are “fake and do not contain legitimate information.”

“We made sure not to include someone using a borrowed real ID,” Jones said in an email. “These may have the person’s name on it, but not the correct date of birth, no social security number, a fake address from a different state, and a fake driver’s license number.”

Several individuals were charged with misdemeanor prohibited acts, the chief said.

Police departments across the country have used Twitter and other social media as a humorous outreach tool to build relationships with the community.

“We have found social media to be a great tool for connecting with our community,” Jones said. “We share the good along with the bad and I’ve had so many community members thank me for our use of social media.”

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Police: Facebook post about smoking marijuana mistaken as threat to blow up Springfield school

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

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Springfield police are investigating a second recent alleged school threat at Cliff Park High School.

Police were called to the school on Friday after school administrators learned of a possible threatening Facebook status posted by a student, according to a police report.

The student told police the social media post was about smoking marijuana rather than committing violence, according to the report.

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Police began their investigation at around 11 a.m. when they spoke to Cliff Park’s director Jeff Waechter.

“Mr. Waechter stated (a student) posted to Facebook ‘If you go to Cliff Park run home (student’s nickname) trynna blow up the school,’” the report says. “Mr. Waechter stated this caused alarm in the school with students and staff. Additionally, at least two students did not come to school on this date because of the post, according to Mr. Waechter.”

Police were able to identify both the student who posted the status and the student who is referred to in the status, according to the police report. The students are family members, according to the report.

The student that is referred to in the status was interviewed at Cliff Park and told police the two were private messaging before the Facebook status was posted.

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The student who allegedly posted the status said the post was referencing the smoking of marijuana, according to the report.

“(The student) stated the post was a misunderstanding and that he was trying to tell students they should run because (the other student) was smoking marijuana, and it was going to smell,” the report says. 

The student who allegedly posted the Facebook message was arrested and charged with inducing panic, according to the report.

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This is the second threat police have investigated at the school within the last month. Police were called to the school previously when a student told Waechter he planned to shoot up the school after an argument in the school’s cafeteria, according to a police report.

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