Kettering police seek public’s help in deadly shooting involving masked attackers

A man taken by a private vehicle to Miami Valley Hospital South after a shooting Thursday night in Kettering has died, and the police department is asking for the public’s help.

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Mitchel “Max” Miller, 28, of Kettering, died around 10:15 p.m. at the hospital in Centerville, a representative from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said.

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Kettering officers are investigating Miller’s death as an aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, according to a Kettering incident report, which indicates the attack involved masked intruders who forced their way into a condominium in the 5600 block of East Coach Drive.

The shooting was reported just before 8 p.m. The nearly nine-minute 911 call includes frantic screams and with long stretches of silence or inaudible conversation.

The caller did not talk directly with police dispatchers, and gave no indication of masked, gun-toting intruders ransacking a home and shooting Miller, as stated in Kettering police reports.

Instead a female voice is heard giving occasional directions, assurances and desperate commands to other parties.

“Apply pressure to the wound ... Now!” she said. “He’s going to die if I don’t have your help!”

After more silence, a female said to the gunshot victim: “It’s going to be OK. I’ve got you.

“It’s going to be OK. We’re almost there. We’re almost there. We’re very close,” she said, adding more than three minutes later: “I love you. I love you.”

Police scanner traffic during the investigation indicates a fight with shots fired initially was initially reported, prompting the response from officers.

Police said they have made no arrests and do not have any persons of interest in the case.

“It would be highly beneficial to us to solve this that if anyone has any information to call in ... they can remain anonymous,” Kettering police officer Joe Ferrell said. “I know we’ve been talking to people who are probably giving us good information.

“But there may be that one key piece of information that somebody’s maybe too afraid to call. We can keep it confidential and that would greatly help our investigation,” he said.

Ferrell urged those with any information to call 937-296-2555.