Updated: 4:52 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013 | Posted: 11:21 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013

Man died after shooting with FBI near Dayton Mall


1 dead, 2 charged in FBI incident at drive-thru photo
Jermaine Coleman Jr.
Tobe Mclarty photo
Tobe Mclarty
Tyler Christian photo
Tyler Christian
Guns drawn at Miami Twp. beverage drive-thru photo
Guns drawn at Miami Twp. beverage drive-thru

By Lawrence Budd

Staff Writer


A 20-year-old Dayton man, the father of a 3-year-old girl, died Thursday after a shooting involving FBI agents conducting a drug investigation at a beverage store near the Dayton Mall.

Jermaine C. Coleman Jr., 20, of Dayton died at Kettering Medical Center at 3:30 p.m., according to the Montgomery Warren County Coroner’s Office.

Coleman was fatally shot and two other Dayton men, Tyler Christian, 26, and Tobe McLarty, 26, were taken into custody following a shootout reported at 3:09 p.m. Thursday at Beverage Palace, 8980 Kingsride Dr., according to a Miami Twp. police report.

The incident comes on the heels of recent arrests as part of a heroin trafficking investigation in the Dayton Mall area.

On Friday, Christian and McLarty, who was wounded in the incident, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Sharon Ovington in federal court in Dayton on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and assault on a federal officer.

Christian also is charged with one count of making a false statement to a law enforcement officer. Ovington ordered each man held without bond until a detention hearing on April 10.

A group of FBI agents gathered about 10:30 a.m. Friday outside the store at 8980 Kingsridge. They appeared to be gathering evidence and taking measurements using laser equipment. They declined to comment.

Witnesses on Thursday said they saw about 10 police vehicles heading toward the store shortly before the shooting.

“The next thing you heard was, ‘FBI get down!’ Then I heard four shots. Boom boom boom boom! And that was it,” Rachel Sorise said.

Family members said Coleman is survived by a daughter, Zyonn Coleman, 3, of Dayton. He was described as a graduate of the Arise Academy who played football at Northridge High School and worked in lawn care.

Pinson said Coleman and his daughter lived with her on Iriquois Avenue in Dayton.

“He was a magnificent child,” Pinson said, as family and friends gathered at the home of Coleman’s grandmother’s home on Burleigh Avenue in West Dayton.

Coleman’s family and friends complained about learning Friday of his death.

“Something is not right with this,” Coleman’s mother, Demecca Pinson said.

Pinson said she didn’t learn of her son’s death until he called the coroner’s office Friday. There was no mention of a fatal shooting in the FBI statement or police report.

“Three subjects were taken into custody. Two of these subjects were transported by medics and fire personnel to a nearby medical facility after sustaining gunshot wounds,” according to the FBI statement issued at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Coleman was serving probation ordered in 2010 in two cases in Montgomery County for carrying a concealed weapon, assault and aggravated menacing, according to court records.

On Friday, an FBI spokesman referred questions to the local police department, Montgomery Sheriff’s Office and county coroner. Miami Twp. police was referring questions back to the federal agency.

A coroner’s office spokesman declined to comment on Coleman’s cause of death, pending an autopsy.

“By protocol, an independent review team from FBI Headquarters will conduct an investigation. Miami Township Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will also be investigating this incident which occurred in their jurisdictions,” according to Thursday’s statement.’

Montgomery Sheriff’s Office officials said they were not investigating the incident.

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