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Miami Twp. police reveal officer who fired weapon in fatal shooting

Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 1:45 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

WATCH: Miami Twp. Police provide update on officer-involved shooting

UPDATE @ 11:52 a.m.:

Miami Twp. Police Chief Ron Hess identified Officer James McCarty as the officer who fired his weapon, ultimately leading to the death of Robert Edwards Wednesday morning.

Police responded to Edwards’ residence after receiving a report he may be suicidal from a woman identifying herself as his ex-girlfriend, according to records.

Hess released a timeline of the events leading to the fatal shooting:

  • 12:14 a.m.: Police responded to Edwards’ home on a report of a suicidal person
  • 12:24 a.m.: Officers James McCarty and Shawn Todd arrive on the scene and McCarty knocks on the door to encounter Edwards.
  • 12:29 a.m.: Officer Todd calls out for shots fired and requested assistance. He also began CPR and other officers arriving on the scene attempted other life-saving measures, but were unsuccessful, Hess said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now heading the investigation and Hess did not comment on any specifics of the investigation pending its outcome. Hess did say the department’s internal investigation will look into whether rules, procedures and policies were followed during the call.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office ruled Edwards died from multiple gunshot wounds and his death is listed as a homicide, a spokesperson said.

During a morning press conference, Hess showed two photographs showing the pellet gun that was recovered on the scene and a similar looking handgun. The photo to the left is the pellet gun recovered and to the right is a similar handgun.

Police Chief Ron Hess shows two pictures during Thursday's press conference on the fatal officer-involved shooting. To the left is the pellet gun recovered on the scene and to the right is a similar-in-style handgun. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF

The chief described the events that unfolded as “a tragedy for everybody involved.”

Hess said he plans to answer any outstanding questions during a later time once the investigation is complete.

UPDATE @ 9:26 a.m.:

Miami Twp. Police are expecting to provide an update on the officer-involved shooting case Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m.


Robert Edwards, 33, was shot and killed by Miami Twp. police early Wednesday morning after officers said he refused to drop his weapon. 

The weapon was a pellet gun, officers later discovered.

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Miami Twp. police responded to a call around 12:15 a.m. that a man was making suicidal threats, “drinking and ready to pull the trigger,” Miami Twp. police chief Ron Hess said. The call came from a woman who was not at Edwards’ house and who reported contact with him via social media.

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The woman who called the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center’s non-emergency phone line to report what she believed were suicidal thoughts, identified herself as an ex-girlfriend of Edwards.

“I’ve got a friend on my Facebook messaging me. He’s saying he’s got a beer and a loaded gun in his hand, wanting to pull the trigger,” the woman told police.

Once police arrived at Edwards’ home on Del Barton Avenue in the Oakwood Village mobile home park, they asked him to drop his weapon, Capt. John Magill. When he didn’t, they fired, Magill said. 

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Edwards was struck three times, police said.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Hess revealed the names of the police officers involved: James M. McCarty, 35, and Shawn Todd, 43. McCarty has 11 years of police experience and Todd has 15, he added. 

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At 12:31 a.m., McCarty and Todd reported that Edwards was down, prompting one of them to give Edwards CPR.

Police said the shooting occurred at the door of the mobile home, and McCarty and Todd did not go inside until after the shooting.

This news organization requested cruiser camera video, however cruiser camera video for the incident does not exist, Magill said.

Amber Plymesser and her two daughters, who were asleep, were in the mobile home at the time of the shooting. 

Plymesser told this news organization that she’s been friends with Edwards for years. 

“He was a great person. He was not violent at all,” Plymesser said. “He was a really good person. He’s going to be really missed by a lot of people.”

Shawna Stoff, the grandmother of Edwards’ son, said Edwards was a caring person. 

“If somebody needed a place to stay, he didn’t care if he knew them or not,” Stoff told this news organization. “I want the world to know he wasn’t a bad guy.”

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been asked to investigate the shooting. McCarty and Todd have both been put on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the BCI’s investigation.

Hess did not answer any questions in the press conference this morning and said he would have more to say on the incident Thursday. 

This Miami Twp. shooting is the ninth officer-involved shooting in the Dayton area in 2017, and the seventh that resulted in a death. This year’s number of area officer-involved shooting is four more than last year.

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Dayton woman loses 2nd Chihuahua to neighbor’s dogs 

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:56 AM

A Chihuahua was mauled to death Saturday afternoon by a larger dog owned by a neighbor.

The 1-year-old dog named Ace was chained outside shortly after 12:30 p.m. when a dog, also named Ace, came from across the street in the 5300 block of Dushore Drive and ripped the smaller dog off the chain and ran with it in its mouth.

After the larger dog’s owner, identified as Jeffrey Cox, got his black Labrador retriever mix back inside, another of Cox’s 11 dogs got out and charged the Chihuahua owner and her husband, who had to fend it off the second dog with a metal chair until Cox could secure it, according to a Dayton police report.

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The Chihuahua owner told police it was the second dog she lost to one of Cox’s dogs; the last time was when her previous Chihuahua was killed in the fall of 2016, according to the police report.

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center took the dog that killed the Chihuahua.

It is not clear whether Cox’s 11 dogs were licensed or had previous complaints documented against them.

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SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM


UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.

Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.

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A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.

The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.


UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.


Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Victims in double fatal shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

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 @ 10:15 a.m.:

The two victims who died after a shooting this morning outside a Dayton nightclub 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.


Two people were killed in an early morning shooting outside Rick Jazz Lab.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue on a report of a shooting.

A 27-year-old man died at the scene and a woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department said.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, Schloss said.

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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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2 arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM

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Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving Friday night in patrols in the area of OVI checkpoints held in Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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The sobriety checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. to midnight in Fairborn, Lt. Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Xenia Post said.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints through extra patrols in the area for the checkpoint, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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