HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy shoots a man armed with a gun outside of a Harrison Township gas station.
UPDATE: According to Sheriff Phil Plummer, the man who was shot was 21-year-old James A. Wright.
Plummer said the deputy who fired the shot is Joshua Haas.
Officers initially responded to the Meadows of Catalpa apartment complex in the area of Turner Road and Philadelphia Drive around 6 a.m. Saturday on reports of shots fired. When they arrived, they found shell casings in the road. Officials canvassed the area and didn’t find any suspects or victims.
Following that investigation, officers pulled into the Speedway gas station at North Main Street and Turner Road at the end of their shifts to fill up their patrol cars. While they were there, they said they noticed a suspicious man sitting on a trash can with a handgun. Officials said they believed he was the suspect in the shots fired call at the Meadows of Catalpa, so they dropped a 99 call, signaling officers in distress. Officers from other jurisdictions then responded to the scene.
According to officials, they ordered the man to drop the gun several times but he didn’t comply. Deputies said when Huber Heights officers arrived, they fired bean bag rounds, but the man still refused to drop his weapon.
Deputies said when the suspect then raised the gun, a sheriff’s deputy fired a shot at him wounding him.
The man was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. He was listed in critical condition but is expected to survive.
The northbound lanes of North Main street were shut down at Turner Road while officers investigated.
According to Sheriff Phil Plummer, the deputy who fired the shot at the man is now on paid leave, which is protocol anytime in an officer involved shooting. Plummer said the deputy is a well-respected veteran of the force.
The matter remains under investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.