TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Trotwood police say at least one suspect in the fatal police chase Thursday is known to officers.
Police Captain John Porter would not name the suspects, but says one has run from police before.
That man and one more suspect face charges of murder and felonious assault.
During an afternoon news conference, police say the men are both in their 20s and were treated at Miami Valley for injuries, although they are expected to be okay.
Captain Porter also described the suspect as ‘out of control’ during the chase that started as a result of a drug investigation. He says the chase reached speeds of 100 mph.
Investigators say the victim who was hit and killed while walking on Shiloh Springs Road near Olive Road at the time of the chase, probably didn’t see the car coming and didn’t know what hit him.
The coroner’s office identified the victim Friday as Agyasi Ector, 27.
Officers say all police protocols were followed during the chase that started at Salem Avenue and Olive Road and ended about a half mile away where Ector was struck.
2 NEWS asked if the department followed protocol in this chase.
Porter said, “It wasn’t the officer that crashed in this. It wasn’t the officer that lost control in this particular situation. We prepare the officers very specifically on police and procedure and as far as we can tell from our preliminary investigation, our officers followed all of those policies and procedures.”
2 News did obtain a copy of the department’s pursuit policy; in it states that a pursuit should end if, “the risk of continuing the pursiot is greater to the member and the community than the risk the suspect poses to the community if they escape.”
Captain Porter insists the preliminary reports show no errors in his officer’s actions.
Police say the suspects could be charged as early as the end of the weekend with murder in the first degree, felonious assault and failure to comply to an officer’s orders.