Dispatcher disciplined for handling of emergency call

Richmond Avenue crime scene (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Montgomery County Regional dispatcher will be disciplined for the handling of an emergency call that ended with a home intruder being shot last month.

That’s according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Regional Dispatchers Kelly Whiteman and Joseph Oldham are accused of delaying a response to a home invasion that turned deadly. The sheriff’s office released the details of an administrative investigation into the incident on Wednesday.

A woman called dispatch in September to notify police that someone was breaking into her home on Richmond Avenue in Dayton.

She told dispatchers that she could hear someone climbing around on her roof, and that her house had been broken into not long before this incident.

The dispatcher who took the call followed the proper protocol and asks the caller questions for several minutes. The dispatcher then says, “keep an eye out for the officer and call us back if you hear anything else.”

Deputies say dispatcher, Whiteman entered the call as a “priority 3,” instead of a priority 1, because the caller remained calm while on the phone.

The sheriff’s office said Dispatcher Oldham agreed with the priority, but then did not follow the Dayton Police dispatch procedure.
Oldham stated in the report, “I know it does not sound great”, but once everything ‘settled down”, I just “forgot” to broadcast for the call.

The woman apparently waited for police for about an hour before she took matters into her own hands, fatally shooting the intruder.

She calls 911 a second time to report that she had shot 22-year-old DeBrandon Dickerson, of Detroit.

The sheriff’s office said Oldham will be disciplined for improper conduct.

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