Murder charges approved in deadly triple shooting in Dayton

DAYTON — Murder charges have been approved after three men were killed in a shooting on North Gettysburg Avenue in what appeared to be a robbery during a drug sale.

Octavius Humphrey Sr., 41, was arrested at an address on Morgan Avenue and faces six counts of murder and six counts of felonious assault, court records showed Friday. He previously was indicted on six felony counts for illegally possessing firearms that were located during the triple homicide investigation, according to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The victims from the Nov. 24 shootings were identified as Michael Jackson, 48, of Dayton; Dontay Alston, 45, of Dayton; and Justin Wilson, 37, of Wilmington. Jackson lived at the house and the other two victims were acquaintances.

Police responded to a house in the 2600 block of North Gettysburg around 5:45 p.m. after one of the victims called 911 to say he and two others were shot.

“Three people are shot,” the caller told dispatchers. “We need emergency help.”

The caller stops responding and the line goes silent.

Police had to force their way into the house when they got there and then found the three men inside suffering from gunshot wounds. All three died at the house.

A Dayton police report shows officers recovered more than 4.5 pounds of drugs, including marijuana, as part of their investigation into the shooting.

According to court records, police found ammo that matched the shell casings found at the shooting scene were recovered from Humphrey’s home on Morgan Avenue in Trotwood. Investigators also said they found over $4,500 with rubber bands matching those found at the shooting scene. Marijuana bagged like marijuana found at the shooting scene also was found at Humphrey’s home.

Hall said several weapons were recovered and it appeared only one person fired shots.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Trotwood Police assisted in the investigation and arrest of Humphrey.

Hall said Humphrey was known by Dayton Police prior to this shooting. He pleaded guilty to a marijuana-related charge in 2018.

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