Dayton officers on leave after UDF shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police provided detailed information Tuesday afternoon about an officer-involved shooting late Monday night.

Terry Heath, 45, was shot by police at a United Dairy Farmers store at Phillips and Wyoming streets.

Police say he called 911 earlier in the evening to turn himself in for a stabbing incident at a home on Wyoming Street. John Hagan, 44, was stabbed twice to torso in that incident.

Officers caught up with Heath about an hour later when a witness told them he saw Heath at the UDF. Police Chief Richard Biehl says his officers recognized Heath as the suspect from an arrest on May 20 in which he was charged with drug trafficking.

Chief Biehl says the officers confronted Heath inside the store where the shots were fired. Heath died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The officers involved are identified as Sgt. Eric Sheldon and Officer Michael Salyers.  The chief says both men drew their weapons and fired a total of seven shots.  Both officers are now on paid administrative leave.

Video from the store does not capture the shooting on tape, but you can see customers fleeing the gunfire.

The scene where suspect was shot by police at UDF on Wyoming Street.  (Photo/Dayton Police Department)
The scene where suspect was shot by police at UDF on Wyoming Street. (Photo/Dayton Police Department)

Biehl says they are investigating whether Heath was trying to commit suicide by cop as he said Heath told officers “Thank you” just before he died.

Heath has a long history of run-ins with police. Dayton police have arrested him 31 times in the past. He was hospitalized six times for mental evaluations. The most recent arrest was May 20 for the drug stop.

As for Heath’s relationship with the stabbing victim. Police say both men lived at the Wyoming Street apartments where the violence happened. They say the men were involved in an ongoing argument.  Hagan is being treated at Miami Valley Hospital.  The family is requesting that no information on his condition be released.

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