Man who shot, wounded Dayton officer to spend more than 30 years in prison

A man who pleaded guilty to shooting a Dayton police officer in the head before the officer shot him multiple times will spend more than 30 years in prison.

Antwyane Deon Lowe, 41, was sentenced Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to a range of 31 to 36½ years for a September 2021 gunfight involving police investigating a counterfeit complaint, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officer Thadeu Holloway had to medically retire as a result of his injuries, the Dayton Police Department said.

In April, Lowe pleaded guilty in April to two counts of felonious assault and one count each of assault of a peace officer, carrying concealed weapons, having weapons while under disability and possession of cocaine, according to court records.

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Lowe’s defense attorney, Carl Goraleski, wrote in a sentencing memo that Lowe was a productive and responsible member of society and training to be a firefighter before the onset of mental health issues.

“Counsel for Mr. Lowe asks this Court for mercy. Plain and simple. Mercy,” he wrote. “It is undisputed that Mr. Lowe must be punished but as his lawyer I ask that the sentence not eliminate the hope that one day Mr. Lowe can come home.”

The prosecution sought a sentence of 32 to 37½ years, writing Lowe’s actions showed a “complete disregard for life.”

“While he may have made an incredible recovery, Defendant’s actions have forever altered Officer Holloway’s life and career, as well as his family’s life,” the state wrote.

On Sept. 21, 2021, Holloway was investigating a report of a $100 counterfeit bill used earlier that day at the Dollar General at 888 S. Gettysburg Ave. The investigation led him to the 600 block of Ingram Street, where he approached Lowe who matched the suspect description in the fraud complaint.

Body camera footage showed Holloway tell Lowe to stop. When the officer got closer, Lowe punched him. Holloway used a Taser on Lowe and told him to put his hands behind his back. Lowe can be seen on the video grabbing a gun and firing at Holloway.

Holloway fired five rounds in return, hitting Lowe three times.

Holloway was shot on the left side of his head and his left temporal artery was torn as a result.

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Credit: gorby

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