Dayton woman fires ‘warning shot’ at man wearing clown mask

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police responded to a report of a ‘shots fired call’ Thursday.

It happened just after 9 p.m. in the 700 block of Hart Street in Dayton.

The victim told police that she was preparing dinner in the kitchen when she saw a reflection in the lenses of her glasses. When she turned around, there was a male at the back door with an “unknown long rifle,” according to a Dayton police report.

She said the man was wearing a clown mask, a long-sleeved black shirt, black gloves and black jeans. The man was telling the woman to open the back door that was locked at the time. The victim ran into the living room, where she was able to see two other men in her front yard.

That’s when she grabbed her “black revolver handgun,” according to the police report.

The suspect with the clown mask ran into the yard. That’s when the woman exited her house and saw the suspect with the mask point the rifle at her and try to load his weapon.

She reportedly told the suspect to drop his weapon and he did not, that’s when she fired a “warning shot” into the garage. The suspects ran into an unknown direction. 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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