Dayton officer shot in September wins national awards

DAYTON — The Dayton police officer who was shot in the head during a scuffle with a suspect last September has received two national awards.

Officer Thadeu Holloway was presented with the TOP COPS award from the National Association of Police Organizations last week. He was also chosen for the Citizens Choice Award, meaning he was the top winner of the 10 chosen cases.

Holloway was nominated for the incident last September where he was working a fraud call.

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Investigators said Holloway located Antwyane Lowe, 40, of Dayton, in the 600 block of Ingram Street on the evening of Sept. 21. He attempted to stop Lowe, but a scuffle ensued.

Holloway used his taser on Lowe, which brought Lowe to the ground. Lowe retrieved a handgun and fired one shot, which struck Holloway on the side of his head, hitting his temporal artery, former Dayton Acting Police Chief Matt Carper said.

Holloway fired five shots at Lowe and hit him in the neck and shoulders.

“I’ve been shot on the left side of my head. I can barely hear my earpiece,” Holloway said over his police-issued radio as blood dripped from his face and he called for help.

While radioing for help, Holloway made sure to tell bystanders to stay back or go back into their homes, officials said in a release.

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“I am honored that I was picked as one of the top 10 cases in law enforcement from across the country, but to also be selected as the Citizens Choice Award recipient from those cases,” Holloway said in a statement. “It was humbling hearing all the different cases and calls those officers went through, and their acts of heroism and bravery during the most stressful situations is amazing.”

City officials said this was the second time in two years that Dayton police personnel have received this recognition. The six Dayton Police Officers who stopped the mass shooter in the Oregon District in August of 2019 were named TOP COPS in 2020