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Security officer shot, suspect dead at UC Medical Center in Cincinnati

Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 2:17 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 3:48 PM

Contributed Photo/WCPO-TV
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UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m. 

A suspect is dead and an unarmed security officer sustained “very serious” injuries after they were shot at the psychiatric emergency services wing of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac. 

The suspect, who has not been identified, either entered or attempted to enter the wing when they started to fire shots, Isaac said during a press conference Wednesday.. The security officer was shot and was taken into surgery with injuries described as “very serious.” 

The shooter fired additional shots, including at least one in the direction of a Cincinnati police officer responding to the call, Isaac said. The officer was not hit and did not return fire. 

The shooter then turned the gun on themselves and was pronounced dead from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, investigators said. 

The injured security officer was unarmed and is not affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Police nor the Cincinnati Police Department, Isaac said. 

The UC Medical Center entrance where the shooting occurred had metal detectors, police said, and might have played a role in uncovering the suspect was armed as they entered the building.  

We’ll update this page as new information becomes available. 

UPDATE @ 3:05 p.m. 

A University of Cincinnati Hospital security officer was shot at the psychiatric emergency services wing of the hospital, according to police officials and our news partner WCPO-TV. 

The suspect shot themselves after shooting the officer, according to the station. 

The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries. It was not known how severe the suspect’s injuries were. 

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m. 

Injuries to an officer are believed to be non-life threatening after they were shot near the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday. 

Police said the scene is no longer an “active shooter” situation, our news partners at WCPO-TV report. 

The suspect is reportedly down, but the UC Medical Center remains locked down, according to reports. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


A police officer has reportedly been shot near a University of Cincinnati hospital building, according to our news partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. 

The shooting was reported in the 3200 block of Burnet Avenue around 2 p.m. the station reports. 

The officer’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening, according to a Cincinnati Police Department spokesman. The spokesman could not confirm what jurisdiction the officer worked for, WCPO-TV reports. 

Police responded to reports of an active shooter near the University of Cincinnati Business Center, according to a tweet from UC Health. The shooter has reportedly suffered a gunshot wound, but it was unknown if they were shot by police or if the wound was self-inflicted. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

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Dayton woman arrested for child endangering after kids escape house for fourth time

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

A woman was arrested Monday after two of her children, ages 3 and 5, were found at the door of a Family Video store on Wayne Avenue, according to Dayton police.

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The children were in their pajamas and had left their house unsupervised to buy candy at the video store. According to a Dayton Police report this is the fourth time the children have escaped their home and shown up at the video rental store. 

The children were sent to stay with a family friend when their mother was taken into custody. 

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Former Middletown police chief dies at age 80

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:58 PM

            Former Middletown police chief Russell Dwyer died Monday night. He was 80.
Former Middletown police chief Russell Dwyer died Monday night. He was 80.

A former Middletown police chief has died.

Russell Dwyer, who served as police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Born Jan. 31, 1938 to Lillian and Lawrence Dwyer in Warren County, Ohio, Dwyer graduated from Franklin High School, attended Miami University, and was later awarded the Bishop Medal and a graduate of the FBI Dignitary Protection Academy.

Dwyer retired after 27 years of service from the City of Middletown/Division of Police where he served as police chief for 13 years. He was involved with many organizations and held various positions within the Middletown community; secretary/treasurer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police; secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; founder of the Narcotics Division for the City of Middletown; founder of Safety Town; founding committee for the All American Weekend; member of the Chamber of Commerce; member of the Rotary Club; director of safety at Bob’s Truck Service; director of safety and vice president for Excel Trucking; news director for WPFB radio; and a member of the Madison Athletic Boosters.

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He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Dwyer; children Anthony Dwyer (Molly), Robert Dwyer, Dennis Cox (Kathy) and Dana Stephens (Matt); sisters Norma Baird and Crystal Harsha (Ron); brothers Roger Dwyer (Kathy), Ralph Dwyer (Joyce) and Paul Dwyer (Marty); eight grandchildren, Russell Dwyer, Anthony Dwyer, Dylan Dwyer, Brandon Dwyer, Ashley Cox, Allison Cox, Alex Cornele and Lucas Cornele; four great grandchildren, and a very special caregiver, Mariah Smith.

Middletown police department’s Facebook page read: “With sad hearts we inform you that former Police Chief Russell Dwyer passed away last night. He was the Chief from 1975 -1987 and served the City of Middletown for over 30 years. MPD’s thoughts are with his family today.”

Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief, said he met Dwyer after he had left the department. Every time, Muterspaw said, Dwyer took “a real interest” in his career.

“Always came up to shake my hand and said, ‘hello,’ which meant a lot to me as a new officer,” Muterspaw said.

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Dayton woman ID’d as ‘aggressive’ driver killed in Riverside head-on collision

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

Several ambulances and the coroner responded to a multi-vehicle accident on Woodman Avenue on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:12 p.m.: Alpha Adams, of Dayton, is the driver killed this afternoon in the head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

An autopsy on the Woodman Park Drive resident is scheduled for Wednesday.

UPDATE @ 8:19 p.m.: 

The scene of the fatal accident on southbound Harshman Road is said to be cleared, according to Huber Heights police, which dispatches for Riverside police.

The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has not yet released the name of the 46-year-old woman driver killed in the multiple-vehicle accident. 

Police have offered no word about the driver of the other vehicle involved in the head-on collision.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: 

The fatality is a 46-year-old woman who witnesses said was driving erratically, “being aggressive and making hand gestures” just before she was involved in a head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road near Airway Road and Woodman Drive, Riverside police Sgt. Dave Crigler said.

Witnesses said the woman appeared to be driving erratically on Harshman, headed toward Airway, when she sideswiped a school bus, then hit a second vehicle as she continued on.

She drove left of center as she approached the intersection at Airway Road, striking another vehicle head-on, the sergeant said.

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Three other people were injured in the accident that involved as many as eight vehicles, he said, and they have been taken to different hospitals.

One person was killed and three people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident Tuesday on southbound Harshman Road, near Airway Road, in Riverside. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

There were no children on the school bus, Crigler said.

“Witnesses said the woman was being aggressive and making hand gestures. We don’t exactly know what the hand gestures were,” the sergeant said.

Zeke Bowling, whose girlfriend was driving one of the vehicles struck in the incident, said she was taken to a hospital and his daughter and son were also in the girlfriend’s vehicle.

Bowling characterized the fatality was the result of a road rage incident.

Crigler said he could not confirm whether the fatality was the result of road rage.


Police and medic units have been dispatched to a multiple-vehicle accident at Woodman Drive and Airway Road, and we’re hearing the coroner has been called to the scene as well.

The accident was dispatched about 3:45 p.m. and we’re hearing there is at least one entrapment. We’re also hearing that four medic units from area jurisdictions have been dispatched to the scene.

We have a crew on the way. Stay with for breaking news.

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Details emerge about suspects accused in ramming of sheriff’s cruiser

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:20 PM

Police activity Philadelphia

More details came to light Tuesday stemming from the ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser on Monday at a gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive:

  • A 15- and 16-year-old accused in the case are due in court again May 3 
  • Suspect Nikeas Jones, 20, was released from prison in February on stolen vehicles convictions 
  • Suspect Sha’ King Jones, 19, has 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (April 24): The 15- and 16-year-olds were in Montgomery County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, where Judge Anthony Capizzi told them additional charges are likely, especially if investigators determine that one of them was driving a stolen Toyota Carolla involved in the incident.

A stolen car was used to ram a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser in the parking lot of a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive. 

As deputies approached the stolen vehicle, parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Sha'King Jones

There were no injuries reported. 

Capizzi entered denials on their behalf and announced their appointed defense attorneys. 

Family members were in court for the 15-year-old. Capizzi said that teenager already was in treatment court and has a record. 

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No one was there for the 16-year-old, whom Capizzi told, "Your record is only 13 pages long. Congratulations." 

The judge said, "This was a very serious case. It's not just stealing a car. … Someone stole a car, tried to escape, drove in to a police cruiser to escape and then hit a bunch of over cars. 

“You know that's going to mean a lot more charges against somebody,” he said. “I don't know who the driver was."

Five arrests have been made, including Sha’King Jones, 19, and Nikeas Jones, 20. Both remain in the Montgomery County Jail. Sha’King Jones is being detained on suspicion of felonious assault. Nikeas Jones is being detained on suspicion of obstructing official business.


Sha’ King Jones had just been released from Pickaway Correctional Institution on Feb. 13, according to Montgomery County court records. He had been sentenced to 18 months for robbery, grand theft and receiving stolen property, all involving stolen vehicles including a 2009 Volvo XC90, a 2003 Buick Century and a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. 

He has no felony criminal record in Montgomery County as an adult, but 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile.

Nikeas Jones, in a January 2017 pro se motion for judicial release, wrote, "I understand and I'm truly sorry for the mistakes that I have made. I acted out of immaturity and was lead[sic] down the wrong path by engaging in activities with the wrong crowd." 

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He said in the letter he was in a drug/alcohol program, that he planned to get his G.E.D and seek gainful employment to become self-supportive. 

"I have challenged myself to use the tools that I have acquired, the knowledge and experience I have obtained to improve on the nature of my character and become a productive citizen of society." 

Judge Mary Katherine Huffman denied Nikeas Jones’s motion. It was "untimely filed," she said.

There is no information about the fifth person arrested.

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