Chief: RTA driver’s story unfounded

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Wednesday the claim by an RTA bus driver that he fought off an attack by three teens last February is unfounded, based on an extensive investigation by his department.

C8C9CCBBF8064D338CE9A12BCC491D89Rick Wagoner claims he was shot and stabbed by three black male teenagers when his bus broke down Feb. 24 at the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Lakeview Avenue in Dayton.

Wagoner claims he then fought off the assault, disarming the teens and firing shots at them as they ran away.

He also claimed the bullets fired at him were stopped by a religious book that he had in his shirt pocket.

During the nearly one hour news conference, Biehl displayed the results of his investigation, including a timeline of events, RTA surveillance video, DNA evidence, and video of ballistics tests using the actual gun from the incident.

Chief Biehl concluded his news conference by saying, “This assault, as reported, is not true.”

Just minutes before the news conference, Wagoner told 2 NEWs he read the results of RTA’s internal investigation and said it shows the company is trying to terminate his employment and accused him fabricating his story. Wagoner continues to insist his version of what happened in February is true and will fight to keep his job.

“I didn’t make this up in anyway, shape or form,” said Wagoner. “And because things happen that they can’t explain, they think that I am lying. They’re not offering any proof that I am lying.”

Shortly after the conclusion of the Chief Biehl’s news conference, GDRTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy released a statement that can be read in this link.

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