Conversation with RTA bus driver continues

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton’s police chief says Rick Wagoner’s account of what happened the morning of February 24 does not add up. Wagoner’s employer, RTA says his story is not complimentary to the company. Those consequences have led to disciplinary hearings to determine if the 10 year driver will be employed at RTA.

Wagoner stands by his story that three black teens wearing hoodies and bandanas confronted him near his bus on Lakeview near Maclin. He says they stabbed and shot him before he took the weapons and defended himself. Dayton police chief Richard Biehl says forensic exams prove otherwise and what Wagoner says happened could not have occurred.

“The police couldn’t get past the prosecutor, so they said, ‘screw this’, we’ll just go out and say he’s guilty”, Wagoner told 2 NEWS’ Marsha Bonhart in an exclusive interview.

He says DNA evidence on a blue bandana and shell casings left near the scene does not belong to him or any family member which he says proves he is not lying.

When he was asked about civil rights groups challenging his story about the black teens attacking him, he said he is not racist and he hopes the young men learned a lesson from what happened.

There was nothing conclusive from Thursday’s disciplinary hearing, but Wagoner says he received tremendous support from the bus drivers union. 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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