TROTWOOD — A Trotwood police officer who shot a man after police said he lunged at officers with a knife in February was not indicted by a grand jury.
“This case was handled and presented to the Montgomery County Grand Jury by a Special Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from another county,” the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said. “Upon consideration of all the testimony and evidence, the Grand Jury returned a no true bill, finding that the officer acted lawfully under the circumstances.”
The incident began as a report of a man stealing items from the Speedway convenience store at 5000 Olive Road, near the intersection with Shiloh Springs Road, around 10:15 p.m. Feb. 5, Trotwood police said.
Andrew Hogan, 25, of Trotwood, was identified as the man shot and killed in the incident, according to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger.
Trotwood police said they had at least one previous encounter with Hogan before the shooting.
“My heart and prayers go out to them,” Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson said.
Three three officers were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard in officer-involved shooting cases. Wilson didn’t release the names of those officers or how many officers may have fired their service weapon.
“This is troubling to them as well,” Wilson said.
Before police arrived on scene, Hogan had left the store and was walking west on Shiloh Springs Road. Police located him and got into an altercation in front of the Kensington apartment complex.
“The suspect male refused to follow orders and assaulted one of the officers on the scene. Additional attempts to gain compliance, without success,” Trotwood police Sgt. Joseph McCrary said in the department’s media release.
Wilson said police used a Taser, pepper spray and baton to try and get Hogan to comply.
Police said Hogan then ran from officers and went into an apartment in the 700 block of Kelford Place.
“While the officers waited for additional units to respond to make contact with the suspect, the suspect male exited the apartment with a knife in hand. The male suspect was fatally shot,” McCrary said.
The knife McCrary was said to have had when he was shot was recovered, Wilson said.