Suicidal man shot, wounded by Kettering police; 5th police shooting in 6 years

Kettering chief would not reveal final moment that led to shooting; man who was shot faces charges; officer is on administrative leave

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

A Kettering police officer responded to a 911 call about a suicidal individual late Thursday, and six minutes after being dispatched to an apartment in the 500 block of Hadley Avenue, the officer discharged a duty weapon injuring one person, Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said Friday.

Less than 24 hours after the shooting, a defendant, Antonio N. Rose, 25, was recovering from the shooting at Kettering Health Main Campus, facing criminal charges. Rose lives in the 500 block of Hadley.

It was the fifth officer-involved shooting for Kettering police in the past six years, Protsman said.

“We’re definitely seeing a trend,” he said. “It’s not just Kettering, right, it’s across the country that we’ve seen people get aggressive with officers.”

The Tactical Crime Suppression Unit (TCSU), a group of eight Dayton-area police departments, is investigating the alleged crimes at the scene, and Kettering police are examining internally how the officer responded to the call, Protsman said.

A statement released late Friday by the TCSU said just after 9 p.m. Thursday, one 911 caller reported that Rose was her estranged boyfriend, and that he had attacked her and then barricaded himself inside her apartment after cutting his wrists with a knife.

TCSU officials said Kettering officers approached the apartment that Rose was in.

“Upon contact, Rose did not follow the officers’ commands, which lead to one Kettering officer firing multiple shots from his service weapon, striking Rose multiple times,” the TCSU statement said. “Kettering officers immediately rendered first aid until the Kettering Fire Department arrived on the scene and took over care.”

Neither Protsman nor TCSU said how badly Rose was injured. The responding police officer, who was not identified, was not injured and is on administrative leave during the investigations. No one else was hurt.

Protsman said criminal counts against Rose are burglary, a second-degree felony; and abduction, a third-degree felony; plus domestic violence, aggravated menacing and assault, all first-degree misdemeanors.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor confirmed that their office approved those charges, but said they likely would be presented to a grand jury before becoming formalized.

Protsman declined to say what led to the officer discharging the weapon.

“It was a call of a suicidal individual, who was threatening to harm himself,” he said.

Protsman declined to say whether Rose had a weapon or exactly where the officer’s weapon was fired, inside or outside a residence. TCSU officials said the events that led to the shooting are still under investigation.

For some time late Thursday, officers were on the scene investigating the incident on a stretch of Hadley Avenue near the Kettering-Oakwood municipal border, just off Shroyer Road.

Initially, there was a “99″ signal or a call of an officer needing assistance before that call was cancelled, Protsman said.

No Kettering police officers or administrators are involved in the investigation of crimes at the scene, the chief said.

Media requests for the 911 call recording and the responding officer’s body camera are being considered by the Kettering Law Department.

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