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Centerville officers return to work after shooting

UPDATE @ 4:27 p.m. (Feb. 7)

The involved officers are back to work today, but are on administrative duty only and cannot respond to calls until after the grand jury, according to Centerville Police Community Relations Officer John Davis.

UPDATE @ 10:43 a.m. (Feb. 6)

Centerville detectives are preparing to take evidence from Thursday's police-involved shooting to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's office, the department said Monday. 

Officer John Davis, the department's spokesman, said the injured 15-year-old is not currently in jail due to his injuries, but did not have an immediate update on his condition. The male was hospitalized following the incident. 

"We've reached out to the family to make sure the family and the young man are taken care of as best we can," Davis said. "It's a tragic incident. It's not something that anyone, police officer or any other person, wants to be involved with." 

Davis said the two officers involved in the incident, who were not injured, are "doing well."

UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m. (Feb. 3)

We continue to seek new information into Thursday’s shooting of a 15-year-old male wielding a gun.

The two officers involved are Sgt. James Shanesy, who’s been with the department since 1984, and Officer Scott Thomas whom joined the force in 1991.

This news organization is awaiting several records requests, including the personnel files of the two officers on paid administrative leave and records regarding past interactions between the wounded individual and police.

Police Chief Bruce Robertson has indicated his belief the officers responded appropriately to the situation. The two officers are long-time veterans of the department, with nearly 60 years combined experience in Centerville.

UPDATE @ 10:33 a.m. (Feb. 3)

Charges are pending, but have not been filed, against the Centerville teen who pointed a weapon at police, prompting officers to use their weapons, said Centerville Police Chief Bruce Robertson during a news conference today. 

The teen displayed a “replica” handgun, Robertson said. 

The two officers who fired their weapons are on paid administrative leave.

The juvenile has had multiple contacts with police, Robertson said. The last encounter he had with police was in 2016. 


Centerville police said they are planning to hold a press conference this morning, where they are expected to release additional details about the officer-involved shooting that wounded a 15-year-old near the Centerville police station and library Thursday.

Two Centerville officers walking near the police station and the library came upon a teen and he pointed a gun at them. The officers shot and wounded the teen when the he refused to drop the weapon, their chief said. 

The teenager's injuries were not considered life-threatening. 

The incident described by officers as "extremely unusual" and by residents as surprising was the first officer-involved shooting since 1987, according to the department. 

"The thing to emphasize is that the officers acted appropriately to the threat," said Chief Bruce Robertson, who did not take detailed questions during a news briefing hours after the incident. 

"He refused to drop the weapon, and they had no choice but to respond with fire." 

The encounter took place about 12:35 p.m. on Virginia Avenue at Spring Valley Pike, between the police department and the Washington-Centerville Public Library. 

Robertson said two officers were were walking along the street when they saw the male, watched him remove a gun from his waistband and ordered him multiple times to drop it. 

The teenager, who was not identified by police, was struck three times by at least one of the officers. They have not been identified by name. The teenager was taken to Kettering Medical Center. 

Left unanswered is whether the teenager, described by police as white, ever fired his weapon as originally indicated by emergency radio traffic. 

Also unknown is the employment status of the officers. Typically, officer-involved shootings result in a near-immediate paid administrative leave in order to conduct an internal investigation. 

Centerville police are expected to address reporters again on Friday morning. 

The incident sparked confusion at the crowded next-door branch of the Washington-Centerville Public Library, where programming for children ages 3-5 was just underway. The facility was locked down temporarily until police were able to secure the scene. 

Parents and library patrons in the parking lot recalled hearing the shots on the building's opposite side. 

"We were walking in for preschool book time," said Steve Depp, a parent and Dayton Daily News copy editor. "You hear noises like that all the time. You don't think it's going to be something like that in warm and cheerful Centerville, Ohio."

Police say the man didn't follow commands to drop weapon


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