Man killed in Kettering officer-involved shooting following ‘exchange of gun fire'

Cruiser Cam video released in Kettering officer-involved shooting

KETTERING — A man has died following an officer-involved shooting Sunday night.

James Tober Sr. was hit during “an exchange of gun fire” following officers’ response to the 2100 block of Gay Drive around 10 p.m.

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“Officers performed CPR at the scene until medical personnel arrived,” police said in a statement. “Mr. Tober was transported to Kettering Medical Center where he died from his injuries. No officers were injured.”

Police first responded to the house on a report of a domestic situation involving a man with a gun. Investigators said as police arrived, the caller was hiding from Tober and told officers he was standing in the street holding the gun.

Cruiser cam video shows officers yelling “drop the gun” multiple times, seconds before multiple shots were fired. Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said investigators recovered a handgun at the scene. Protsman did not have details yet on how many shots were fired by Tober or the officers.

“I believe they did what they were supposed to,” Protsman said, referring to the officers’ actions, cautioning that he understands that there is more investigating to complete.

Two officers are on administrative leave for firing their weapons, which is standard procedure during these types of shootings. Protsman said the officers have each been with the department for at least five years, but did not release their names.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting in processing the scene and Kettering police is handling the criminal investigation.