RTA bus driver talks only to 2 NEWS

The first on camera interview with Rick Wagoner since his shooting claim outside an RTA bus. (WDTN Photo)
The first on camera interview with Rick Wagoner since his shooting claim outside an RTA bus. (WDTN Photo)


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A disciplinary hearing was held today for the RTA bus driver who raised controversy when he said he was stabbed and shot by three black teens earlier this year. After forensic tests showed Rick Wagoner’s account of the incident did not match the evidence, RTA is deciding if he will keep his job.

But Thursday, Wagoner told WDTN that part of the investigation shows he is not making up the story. “There was DNA at the scene on shell casings that was not mine and on the bandana – DNA that was not mine.”

“I’ve never been charged with anything”, said Wagoner. He says one of his attackers hit him on the head and after that, details were not as clear. “It seemed like a dream and I told them what happened, but it could have happened a different way.”

“I don’t know if you have ever been in a life or death situation, but it’s something I don’t ever want to go through again.”

The hearing was held at one o’clock Thursday at the RTA Cultural Center on Edwin C. Moses in Dayton. Wagoner says no decision was made but he had huge support from the bus drivers union and he looks forward to keeping his job.

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