Man shot by Dayton police indicted on several felony charges

A man is in critical condition after he was shot by police on Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. STAFF PHOTO / MARSHALL GORBY

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A man is in critical condition after he was shot by police on Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. STAFF PHOTO / MARSHALL GORBY

A man shot by Dayton police on Wayne Avenue last week was indicted Thursday on multiple felony charges.

Shawn Keirns, 49, of Dayton, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, grand theft (firearm) and counts related to having weapons while under disability.

Keirns is accused of stealing a 9 mm handgun, firing it at a passing vehicle and pointing it at police on Sept. 24.

Dispatchers received multiple calls regarding Keirns around 4 a.m. One caller reported that there was a man waving his hands in the arm and asking for help.

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The caller described Keirns as panicked and said he was trying to get cars to stop.

In another call a man said a person waving a flashlight got in front of his van before coming over to the passenger side and taking the gun off the seat.

“He ran off and he is firing,” the caller said. “I don’t know where he went, but I can hear the shots.”

Dayton police released cruiser camera footage that showed officers arriving at the scene and ordering Keirns to drop the gun and then shooting at him. In another video, officers were seen providing aid for him.

Two officers shot at Keirns, who was struck at least three times, Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl said.

“Keirns refused to drop the weapon. Fearing for their lives and the safety of others, both officers fired at Keirns, striking him multiple times,” he said.

Keirns was not listed in Montgomery County Jail on Thursday. Previously, he was taken to the hospital, and officials said he was in critical condition.

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