SCLC: ‘We want justice for Dontae Martin’

Dontae Martin's 2-year old daughter
2-year old remembers her father after he was fatally shot (WDTN PhotoMaytal Levi)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Family have unanswered questions about the death of a man in a shooting by Montgomery County deputies.

The local chapter for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference stood with family and friends of 34-year old Dontae Martin calling for justice Wednesday morning.

“We feel the witnesses in this case need to be heard by a grand jury, those officers that allegedly murdered him need to be responsible for their actions. This is not an indictment on Sheriff Plummer, this is making Sheriff Plummer responsible for his department,” said Bishop Richard Cox, president of the SCLC.

A concern voiced by Cox was why the flashing lights of the patrol cars at the scene were not turned on. Cox says they want the officers involved in the shooting to be indicted.

SCLC calls for justice in Dontae Martin case (WDTN Photo\Maytal Levi)
SCLC calls for justice in Dontae Martin case (WDTN Photo\Maytal Levi)

“This man was not a cop killer, he was a family man. He had six children, he had a mother, he had a father, he had a fiancee, he was about to be married. He’s not a felon, he only has traffic violations,” said Cox.

Martin was shot after deputies say he pulled a gun during a crash investigation along Springbrook Drive in July. The responding crew opened fire, hitting Martin. Sources said Martin appeared to be drunk. He was taken to Grandview Hospital where he died.

2 NEWS interviewed Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer July 29th, this is what he had to say about the incident:

“When an individual points a gun at an officer, there’s going to be actions taken and when an individual points a gun at an officer that has 21 rounds that penetrate vests, not that we knew that at the time,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. “I mean, there’s some culpability on his behalf as well, so hopefully, the public understands. I mean, we respond to this car thinking we’re going to help this victim who’s injured.”

Sheriff Plummer said witnesses reported hearing the deputies yell several times for Martin to drop his weapon.

Plummer said he is a convicted felon booked more than 20 times. As a convicted felon, he is not allowed to carry a firearm. His most recent arrest was in October 2014 on charges of drug abuse and OVI. 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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