DPD: Shootout is a drug deal gone bad

Dayton Police are on the scene of a shooting. (WDTN Photo/Josh Ames)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Police are searching for at least two suspects after what they call a drug deal gone bad.

Crime scene tape surrounded the Dayton View Triangle neighborhood after gunfire erupted Monday after 10 a.m. It was a sight and sound that neighbors like Ellen Rice didn’t expect.

“I simply heard a volley of gunfire and a car leaving at some speed,” said Rice who is the president of the neighborhood federation.

Police said two cars were involved in a shootout in the 1800 block of Burbank Drive Monday morning.

“I saw the windshield had been shattered, which did not surprise me considering the amount of gunfire,” remarked Rice.

One of the vehicles involved sped away, leaving the other car riddled with bullet holes. Officers said suspects ran from the shot-up car, but they caught up with one of the men who threw down a gun.

“An off duty Dayton Police officer and a CCW permit holder confronted one of the fleeing groups,” said Dayton Police Sgt. John Riegel.

Only 2 NEWS cameras were rolling as they caught up with that suspect and he was taken into custody.

With the help of a K9 track, police then canvassed the neighborhood but their search for other suspects and a possible victim came up empty.

Officers found drugs in the vehicle and a gun at the scene.

Rice said it’s both surprising and discouraging to see.

“On the whole, this is a very quiet area. I’m sure there is drug stuff going on because there is everywhere,” said Rice.

Dayton Police are still searching for at least two suspects and a victim. They’re asking if you have any information that could help, call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

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