Crime And Law

Deputies continue search for suspects after fight, shots fired outside Meadowdale HS Friday

HARRISON TWP. — Correction: A previous version of this story indicated a 911 caller described the incident as involving a “gang.” However, this was an incorrect transcription from the 911 call, and the caller in fact said “game” referring to the basketball game that was taking place at the high school.

UPDATE @ 1:05 p.m. (Dec. 12):

Deputies are continuing to look for people accused in a fight outside Meadowdale High School that escalated into gunfire Friday night, according to a district spokesperson and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

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The incident happened at the high school on Whitestone Court around 9:50 p.m. Friday. Deputies and several other crews were called to the high school on reports of a large fight and multiple shots that were heard. A 911 caller reported they heard “four of five shots shots go off” moments before they called, according to the 911 call, obtained in a News Center 7 public records request.

The caller reported there was a basketball game going on at the high school before she witnessed the fight and heard the shots.

“I see some cars flying up towards it and some cars are flying away,” the 911 caller told emergency dispatch. She was not sure whether the incoming cars were there to pick up their children or to get involved with the fight.

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However, by the time deputies and police responded to the scene, the fight had broke up, and no suspects were located, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Two bullet casings were found at the scene and collected for evidence, the spokesperson said.

The incident started inside the high school gym during the basketball game between Meadowdale and Ponitz, a Dayton Public Schools spokesperson said in an emailed statement to News Center 7. Two people, only described as females who were not DPS students, were escorted out of the basketball game for “unruly behavior.”

Those two females then got into a fight outside the school which caused a large crowd to form, the spokesperson said. Within the crowd, two shots were fired, however no one was hit by the gunfire, deputies and the district spokesperson both told News Center 7.

While several deputies and officers responded, no medics were called to the scene and no injuries were reported.

District school resource officers were at the school for the game, and were called to break-up the fight outside the school, the district spokesperson said. The spokesperson added school resource officers are present for all athletic events.

Additional details were not available. We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.