License plate reader helps police catch Dayton homicide suspect

DAYTON — Police are releasing new information on how the suspect in deadly shooting overnight was caught.

Officers found a 35-year-old man was found shot in the 1900 block of Shaftesbury Road around midnight.

The suspect in the shooting, 33-year-old Terrill Nelson, drove off from the scene, but was later found thanks to the city’s automated license plate reader technology. After trying to pull the vehicle over, Nelson drove off recklessly and a police chase followed.

Dash camera video obtained through a public records request showed several police officers trail Nelson.

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“Officers utilized pursuit mitigation tools and techniques with the goal of reducing the danger that the suspect posed to the community. They deployed tire deflation devices and a Pursuit Intervention Technique, forcing the suspect vehicle to stop,” to Lt. Steven Bauer said.

The victim in the shooting was pronounced dead on scene. His identity has not been released at this time.

Nelson was booked in the Montgomery County Jail early this morning on a murder charge.

We’ll update this story as we learn more.

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