Police: Fight between Lyft driver, passenger led to shooting near Meijer in Kettering

KETTERING — Kettering police are investigating after a fight between a Lyft driver and a passenger led to a shooting Thursday morning.

This all started when a male Lyft passenger started saying things that made a female Lyft driver feel uncomfortable while on their way to Meijer.

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“She claimed the male made some sort of statement to her saying that he didn’t want to hurt her and that he just wanted to be given a ride,” Officer Cynthia James, Public Information Officer for Kettering Police said.

The driver attempted to reach for her gun, but when the man saw it, he also reached for the gun and a struggle ensued. As the two fought over the firearm, one round was shot off.

Once at Meijer, the man got out of the vehicle with the Lyft driver’s Glock 17 handgun and ran off to an unknown location, the spokesperson said.

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A K9 track was attempted, but the suspect was unable to be located.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

“It sounds like it could have been a lot worse if she didn’t have a means to protect herself,” James said.

The suspect has not been located at this time. He’s described as having a short beard with gray in it. He was wearing a green hoodie, blue jeans, and a dark-colored beanie hat.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Pedro at (937) 296-2460.

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