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Suspect shot by Englewood officer had ‘lengthy criminal history’

Published: Sunday, February 05, 2017 @ 3:51 PM
Updated: Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 6:02 PM

Suspect dies in Englewood officer involved shooting

ENGLEWOOD — A 10-year veteran Englewood police officer shot and injured a man suspected of shooting a firearm at a motel.

  • The man shot and killed by an Englewood police officer on Feb. 5 has been identified as 41-year-old Shelly Porter III.
  • Porter died of multiple gunshot wounds at the hospital, according to the coroner’s office
  • The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate the officer-involved shooting

The officer has been identified as Timothy Corcoran. He has has 17 total years of law enforcement experience, Lang said.

According to police, the Motel 6 manager called police around 2:20 p.m. on Sunday to report Porter damaged a room at the motel located at 9325 North Main Street. Police say he discharged a firearm at the motel. 

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“A physical altercation broke out ultimately leading to the officer having to fire his weapon in defense of his own life,” Lang said.

Lang said while the department would like to release body camera footage of the incident to the public, the department needs to protect the integrity of the investigation, while BCI and a Montgomery County grand jury review the case.

Englewood Police Officer TIm Corcoran (Courtesy/Englewood Police Department)

UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m. (Feb. 6)

An assistant manager from Motel 6 in Englewood told a dispatcher that a guest had been seen walking back and forth and “looking awkward.”  

Police responded to shots fired into the Motel 6 and eventually an Englewood officer shot a suspect after a struggle at an out-of-business motel nearby.

That suspect, Shelly Porter III, died from his injuries in the emergency room at Miami Valley Hospital.

“We found bullets in the room. They shot through our window,” the assistant manager said of damage to Room 209. “The maintenance man checked it out. The bullets actually went through Room 134 and another room upstairs from another building.

The manger said the housekeeper had reported that earlier the guest was walking back and forth and looking kind of awkward. 

“They were due to check out today and they’re gone, but we need to make a report on this,” the manager said.

Englewood police Sgt. Mike Lang said the department has never had a police-involved fatal shooting. But there have been two previous officer-involved shootings, including one that involved Lang himself. 

“In 2010, (Officer) Chip Ridgway, while off-duty at the time, interrupted an armed robbery at his family’s pharmacy in East Dayton and returned fire on the suspect,” Lang said. “In 1999, I fired upon an armed robbery suspect. In both cases, the suspects lived and were convicted. The shootings were cleared.”  

The police report from Sunday indicated that an Englewood police officer responded at 1:15 p.m. The officer wrote that a housekeeper reported she heard what sounded like gunshots about an hour earlier than that.  The reporting officer in the Englewood police incident report was listed as J.M. Brownfield.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6

The man who was shot by an Englewood police officer on Sunday died from multiple gunshot wounds at the Miami Valley Hospital emergency room, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The man has been identified as Shelly Porter III, 41, address at large, according to the coroner’s office.

According to court records, Porter had several misdemeanor cases and a couple low-level felony cases. 

Porter was convicted in January 2016 on two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of vandalism. He was sentenced to community control, which was terminated in November 2016.  

Porter also had his intervention in lieu of conviction revoked after not successfully completing a drug treatment program, according to court records.

EARLIER (Feb. 5)

The officer was looking for the suspect and tracked him to the closed motel located at 1212 South Main Street, according to Englewood police Sgt. Michael Lang.

“That officer did everything he could do to bring that situation to a peaceful resolution,” Lang said. “That officer was in fear of his life and the suspect was obviously armed.”

The officer found the suspect at the abandoned motel and an altercation ensued. The suspect was reportedly armed and refused to obey the officer’s orders, according to Lang. The officer fired one or more rounds and struck the suspect.

Police said the suspect was known to them.

The officer who fired the shot was wearing a body camera, Lang said. This newsroom will be requesting video that should have been recorded during the incident. 

No one else was involved in the incident, according to police. Officers went door-to-door at the abandoned motel to make sure no one else was there and may have been a witness. 

The motel has been a public safety concern, with people looting and squatting inside the buildings. The Englewood Inn was recently closed and is in the process of being torn down, Lang said.

The Motel 6 manager was not available to describe damages to the room, and staff said they were not able to comment about the incident.

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An investigation is underway into an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, 2017, on the property of the former Englewood Inn on South Main Street in Englewood. DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF