Trotwood man charged in woman’s deadly shooting at Dayton apartment

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

A Trotwood man is facing multiple charges, including murder, in the shooting death last week of a woman at her Dayton apartment.

Bond was set at $1 million for Lerone Wesley McKenzie, 42, during his arraignment Friday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court for four counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, two counts of aggravated burglary and three counts of having weapons while under disability.

Dayton police and medics responded around 11 p.m. Sept. 2 to a reported shooting at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Hepburn Avenue.

A 911 caller said he saw a woman running down the street yelling a woman was shot, and that when he turned he saw two women and a man getting into a red truck and driving away, according to dispatch records.

When police officers arrived, they found 31-year-old Jovan Patterson deceased.

Patterson and the shooter were acquainted, Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall previously said.

The department confirmed earlier this week that a suspect had been arrested and detained, but that further investigation was needed before charges could be filed.

Police did not release the suspect’s name at that time.

“It was learned that Ms. Patterson was shot and killed by Mr. Lerone McKenzie,” a court affidavit read. A witness also identified McKenzie as the suspect, according to documents.

McKenzie was arrested at his home on Broadbrush Drive in Trotwood and booked at 7:39 p.m. Thursday into the Montgomery County Jail, records show.

It is not clear what led to the shooting nor the nature of Patterson and McKenzie’s acquaintance.

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