Police address officer-involved shooting in Miami Township

Officers call for assistance on Del Barton Avenue in Miami Township. (WDTN Photo/Bear Everett)

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – UPDATE: Police officials in Miami Township held a news conference Wednesday morning to address an officer-involved shooting that happened in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Miami Township Chief of Police Ron Hess said Wednesday police received a call just after midnight about an intoxicated person.

Hess said when officers arrived one of the officers approached the front door of a trailer at 10505 Del Barton Avenue in

Officer James McCarty

the Oakwood Trailer Complex.

Around 12:30 am officers gave warnings to the person inside the trailer to drop his firearm and shots were fired, according to Hess. Officers immediately began life-saving measures on the man inside the trailer.

A gun was found at the scene and it was later discovered to be a pellet gun that Hess says closely resembled a Ruger Woodsman handgun.

Hess said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations was contacted to begin an investigation and the Miami Township Police Department will also conduct an internal investigation of the incident.

Hess identified the two officers involved as James McCarty, who has been with the department since March and has 11 years’ experience

Officer Shawn Todd

in law

enforcement. The second officer involved is Shawn Todd, who has been with MTPD since 2009 and has 15 years’ experience.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation.


A man is dead after Miami Township police officers called for assistance early Wednesday morning.

The call for backup came from the 10,000 block of Del Barton Avenue near Aldora Drive just after midnight Wednesday.

Crews at the scene say a 33-year-old man had a weapon and refused to follow officers’ orders to drop the gun.

A responding officer shot the man three times in the doorway of a trailer.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say the man was making suicidal posts on social media prior to officers responding.

The person the victim was communicating with on social media called police, according to authorities.

Police say the man was holding either a BB or pellet gun when he was shot by officers.

Miami Township police say the officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

According to police, the initial investigation shows the officer followed department procedures and Ohio state law. The investigation is ongoing.

Police say the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation may be called in to assist with the investigation.

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