Dayton man killed by Moraine police had life surrounded by violence

Two Moraine police officers shot and killed a Dayton man whose life and family have been surrounded by violence.

Jamarco D. McShann, 23, was killed Friday when Moraine police said he pointed a handgun toward them during an early morning suspicious vehicle call. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene of the shooting, a quiet apartment community on Pinnacle Park Drive.

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Dispatch sent the officers to the complex at 5:16 a.m. and “during the course of the investigation the officers located a suspect in the vehicle, the suspect pointed a handgun at the officers and two Moraine police officers responded with gunfire,” Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson said, giving few other details.

“Shots fired! Shots fired!” an officer screamed into a police radio. Soon after, an officer added, “99!” the code requesting immediate backup.

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By sunrise, officers with Moraine, Kettering, and West Carrollton police remained in the parking lot, tiptoeing around the numbered evidence markers and crime scene tape surrounding a silver Pontiac with blown-out windows.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation took over the investigation at the request the Moraine police, an Ohio Attorney General spokeswoman said.

McShann is at least the second person in his immediate family to die by gunfire. His brother, Jamal McShann, was the city of Dayton’s 23rd homicide victim in 2013 when he was fatally shot on Oct. 15 that year.

Another brother, Curtis McShann, was sentenced earlier this month to 60 years to life in prison in connection to the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton.

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Jamarco McShann, who went by “Marco,” was released from the Lebanon Correctional Institution Aug. 2, 2016, after a three-year sentence for three cases, the most recent one for having weapons under disability.

Neither of two self-authored motions for judicial release were granted by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins. In one, filed Nov. 24, 2015, McShann said he “did not think like a productive member of society” and asked for mental health assistance, according to the records.

“I might have a chemical imbalance that causes me to have irrational thoughts,” McShann wrote while requesting a release to join the MonDay treatment program. “The prison that I am in does not offer a class or counseling which will give me an in-depth look into my mind and why I think this way.”

In the motion, McShann wrote that his institutional record “is not without imperfections” and that his fiance and young son were struggling financially.

“Although going to the MonDay program won’t allow me to help them financially,” he wrote, “it would help me figure out why I think this way and then I can help my son think in a more productive way.”

In a May 2015 motion for judicial release, McShann wrote that he and eight siblings were raised by his mother and he was working toward his GED despite learning disabilities.

“Mr. McShann is adamant on obtaining legal employment, and working his way up the ladder legally” said that motion, written in third person, later adding that he “has evolved into a new man who is ready to live a productive and positive life in society, not prison.”

The Dayton Daily News requested from the city of Moraine the personnel files of the officers involved in the shooting, who on Friday morning were set to go on administrative leave, said John Davis, a Centerville police officer assisting Moraine with press inquires.

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