Chief: ‘Inconsistencies’ in RTA driver shooting evidence

RTA bus driver shot in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Rob Sneed)
RTA bus driver shot in Dayton. (WDTN Photo/Rob Sneed)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Why no arrests in a Dayton shooting that made national headlines?

RTA bus driver Rick Wagoner said he was shot and stabbed, and that a Bible in his pocket saved his life. That was ne days ago.

Police are testing the gun and knife from the scene.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said there are inconsistencies with the physical evidence in the case.

He won’t give details until all of the evidence is examined.

We wanted to give you a clear picture about where the investigation stands right now.

One reason for the lack of response from Rick Wagoner is because police have asked him not to talk about the investigation right now.

That’s because evidence is still being carefully collected and examined.

For instance, some DNA results have recently returned to the police department, but Biehl is not ready to reveal the results yet.

The DNA collected from the gun involved will show if there is DNA other than that belonging to Rick Wagoner.

Wagoner indicated that he retrieved the gun from his attackers. The forensic inquiry will check skin cells that would collect on a surface during a struggle.

If there is other DNA on the gun, the police would then try to match it with anyone who has been arrested and booked.

The problem develops if there is no prior record or if the suspect is a juvenile.

Wagoner described his attackers as between the ages of 15 and 18.

These results are preliminary. Biehl says there can be no conclusions drawn until all of the evidence has been fully investigated.

Biehl says the description of the suspects is vague, making an arrest more difficult. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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