Survivor in Miami Twp. murder-suicide that left boy, man dead continues to improve

Published: Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 11:42 AM

The surviving woman shot during a murder-suicide in Miami Twp. continues to improve at Kettering Medical Center.

Di’eshia Patterson, who police believe was critically wounded by her boyfriend in the apartment they shared in, is now in fair condition, according to Kettering Health Network spokeswoman Elizabeth Long.

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Police have said they believe Patterson, 27, and her 6-year-old son Carter Clemons were shot by Jovonie L. McClendon Jr., shortly before he took his life in a video witnesses said they saw on Facebook Live.

The shootings occurred on Sagebrook Drive, off Spring Valley Road between the Dayton Mall and Austin Landing, earlier this month.

McClendon, a 33-year-old U.S. Army veteran who worked for the U.S. Postal Service, called Miami Twp. police about 11:30 a.m. that day and told them he had just killed his girlfriend and her son, Miami Twp. Police Chief Ron Hess has said.

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Police responded to the scene as the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center received a series of calls with the last four callers telling authorities they were watching McClendon’s suicide on Facebook.

Police said after responding to the Sagebrook scene they did not hear any gunshots. Minutes later, they entered the apartment and found McClendon and the boy dead and Patterson wounded, Hess said.

Both deaths were from gunshot wounds to the head with McClendon’s being self-inflicted, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Family and friends will gather Tuesday morning for the funeral for Clemons.

Visitation is to begin at 10 a.m., with an 11 a.m. service at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 4200 Germantown Pike.


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