Indiana State Patrol trooper, suspect shot during traffic stop, altercation

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:32 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:29 AM

UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m. (Dec. 13): Indiana State Patrol Trooper Morgenn Evans stopped a gray pickup truck just east of downtown Jeffersonville on a traffic infraction, ISP PIO Sgt. Jerry Goodin said on the latest about the trooper's shooting. 

Oscar Kays, 79, of Jeffersonville and the driver of that gray 1999 Silverado, became combative, pulled a handgun and fired at Evans. Evans was struck in the head but was able to return fire at Kays, who was fleeing.

Evans got back to his police car and gave chase a short distance but Kays returned to his home. He was apprehended there by Jeffersonville City police and the Clark County Sheriff’s deputies. 

Investigators don’t yet know if Evans's shots wounded Kays or if Kays was wounded by his own gun or debris from the shots fired. 

Oscar Kays (Courtesy/Indiana State Police, Clark County Jail)

Kays, now in the Clark County Jail, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer. 

Evans, a trooper since October 2016, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.:

Both the Indiana State Police trooper and the suspect were wounded in an exchange of gunfire during a traffic stop just east of downtown Jeffersonville, in southern Indiana, ISP Sellersburg District PIO Sgt. Jerry Goodin said. 

The trooper's condition is non-life threatening, "which is very good news for us," Goodin said at a media briefing near the scene. The trooper's name and age are not being released right now. 

Both he and the suspect, whose name and age also have not been released, are at University of Louisville Hospital. 

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We're hearing the trooper may have suffered a grazing head wound. Goodin would not disclose where or how many times the suspect may have been hit. He had no information on the suspect's condition. 

Goodin said he could not say any more than there was an exchange of gunfire and an altercation that occurred during the traffic stop. He said he couldn't yet discuss what led to the stop. 

The trooper called Jeffersonville police for help because things went awry at the stop, Goodin said. 

The investigation is continuing in three locations related to the incident, Goodin said, and there was no reason for citizens to fear that any other people may have been involved. 

"Keep out trooper in your prayers and hopefully the prognosis we had early on continues to be for both the trooper and the suspect that was shot also," he said.


An Indiana State Police trooper, shot in the head tonight while pursuing a suspect just east of downtown Jeffersonville, Ind., is at a hospital and the trooper's condition is not known. 

Several news outlets in Indiana are reporting that the shooting occurred about 7 p.m. in Clark County. Jeffersonville is located just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky. 

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ISP officials are confirming the trooper is out of the state patrol’s Sellersburg District, in the southern part of Indiana. 

Police shut down roads to escort the officer to University Hospital. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news.

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Two dogs die in ‘total loss’ barn fire in Clark County

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:04 PM

Two dogs die in barn fire

Two dogs died after a large barn fire occurred in the 2200 block of E. County Line Road Sunday evening, according to officials.

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Crews were dispatched to the scene around 8:15 p.m. with reports that black smoke was showing and animals were inside, per initial reports.

CRED: Robert Kennedy

The fire’s start remains under investigation and although damage estimates could not be confirmed at this time, the barn is a ‘total loss’, according to Moorefield Twp. fire personnel.

Only the animals were inside of the barn at the time of the fire.

Credit: Robert Kennedy

German Twp. and Pleasant Twp. fire departments assisted Moorefield Twp. fire crews. 

There was a police standoff in Champaign Co. near the area where the barn fire occurred, however, the two incidents are not related. 

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Skies clearing tonight, rain moves in Monday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:23 PM

Filtered sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with rain returning as early as Monday.

More clearing is expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. It won’t be as cool tonight for most, temperatures dropping into the middle 40s.

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  • Rain moves in Monday
  • More rain Tuesday/early Wednesday
  • Another round of rain later Friday

5-Day Forecast


Monday: After a dry start in the lower 50s, rain is expected to move in headed toward lunchtime. Highs will be in the lower 60s. Periods of rain are expected, but there will be some breaks, especially in the evening.

Tuesday: A few more scattered showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Wednesday: A pre-dawn shower is possible, otherwise it should be drying out. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

County-by-County Weather

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower 60s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but rain returns later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:14 PM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report.

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Superior Avenue and N. Broadway Street in Dayton, crash reported around 10 p.m. 
  • On Springboro Pike near Crown Cork & Seal Co. in Moraine, injury accident reported around 8:55 p.m. 

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    Double shooting victims in Dayton leave behind newborn boy, family says

    Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:23 PM



    More than 100 people turned out Sunday evening to honor the couple shot and killed outside a Dayton nightclub this weekend.

    The victims, Darion Harris and Ashley James of Dayton, just welcomed a baby boy two months ago, family said.

    Ashley James, left, and Darion Harris(Contributed)

    They were found shot inside a vehicle in the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue, near Rick Jazz Lab. Harris, 29, died at the scene and James, 28, succumbed to her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital.

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    The crowd prayed for no more shootings in Dayton.

    “I just want the violence to stop. There’s too many people losing their life,” said Harris’ sister Danielle Harris.


    Harris said her brother leaves behind three daughters and his newborn son.

    She described both victims as wonderful, loving people.

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