SCLC members rally to get answers into Dontae Martin’s death

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The family of a man killed by Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies says they want answers from the county commission.  Dontae Martin was shot in July.

His friends and family joined Dayton’s chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in protest Tuesday afternoon.

Roughly 50 people gathered outside the administration building to get answers from the Montgomery County Commission.

They want to know what happened on July 23 when Martin was shot and killed by two deputies in Harrison Township.  The deputies were placed on paid administrative leave.

According to Sheriff Phil Plummer, the deputies saw a man pointing a gun at them through a tinted car window. They said he continued to aim toward them after they ordered him to drop the weapon.  People at the rally say they want to know why police dash cams weren’t running at the time.

“We’re looking for answers,” said Dominique Vinzant, Martin’s fiance.  “We’re just looking for answers and why it’s taken so long to get those including why the Sheriff’s Department has not even made an attempt to reach out to the family.”

County commissioners say they will not make comments about the incident.  2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with the prosecutor’s office who says the investigation is still ongoing.  We also called the sheriff’s department twice for comment, but are still waiting to hear back. 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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