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Man accused of shooting at Trotwood officers withdraws insanity plea

The man accused of shooting at police during a 2½-hour standoff in Trotwood in October has been ruled competent to stand trial and his attorney withdrew a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins said Wednesday that the forensic evaluations of William D. Gibson’s mental condition indicated Gibson was not insane during his alleged crimes and that he is fit to stand trial.

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Defense attorney Michael Pentecost told Adkins he would withdraw the NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity) plea and go forward with a not guilty plea. A suppression hearing was scheduled for next month.

Pentecost had filed motions last month for a mental competency evaluation and to plead NGRI. Adkins said those reports were finished Dec. 7 and provided to counsel.

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Gibson, 42 — being held in Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond — was indicted on 10 counts of felonious assault against a peace officer, six counts of having weapons while under disability and five counts of discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises.

At about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Gibson called 911 to say his wife accidentally shot herself in the leg. When police arrived and started treating his wife outside the residence, police said Gibson told them they had one minute to leave or he would start shooting.

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Gibson fired a shot inside the residence at 4645 Wolf Creek Pike, according to Trotwood police Chief Eric Wilson, who said his officers then felt they were being targeted in what officials said was an active shooter situation..

Numerous agencies including multiple SWAT groups and the Dayton Bomb Squad responded after Trotwood officers dropped a “99” signal for additional assistance.

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