3 arrested after fight with Five Rivers MetroParks ranger investigating gunshot

Wesleyan MetroPark, located in the City of Dayton on Wolf Creek, features a paved trail featuring a picturesque railroad bridge and two nature trails. Prior to becoming part of Five Rivers MetroParks in 1995, the park was known as the Wesleyan Nature Center. Due to COVID-19, safe social distancing (6 feet apart) is recommended at all times. Visitors must also plan accordingly since restrooms onsite are still closed. For more information, visit metroparks.org. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Wesleyan MetroPark, located in the City of Dayton on Wolf Creek, features a paved trail featuring a picturesque railroad bridge and two nature trails. Prior to becoming part of Five Rivers MetroParks in 1995, the park was known as the Wesleyan Nature Center. Due to COVID-19, safe social distancing (6 feet apart) is recommended at all times. Visitors must also plan accordingly since restrooms onsite are still closed. For more information, visit metroparks.org. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Five Rivers MetroParks police arrested three people Sunday after a man reportedly tried to fight with a ranger who was investigating a single gunshot that was fired.

A ranger heard a gunshot Sunday evening at Wesleyan MetroPark, 1441 Wesleyan Drive, said Five Rivers MetroParks Chief of Public Safety Mark Hess.

People in the park pointed out three suspects, including an 18-year-old with a backpack.

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“The ranger ordered them all to the ground and all three eventually complied,” Hess said. “However, when the ranger went to detain the young man with the backpack in order to investigate further, he resisted and started to fight with the ranger.”

The other two people, an 18-year-old woman and a juvenile boy, reportedly got up and interfered with the ranger as he was attempting to handcuff the person with the backpack. As a result, a Signal 99, or request for officer assistance, was issued.

No one was injured during the incident.

All three suspects were arrested and a loaded handgun was found in the backpack, Hess said.

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