A 23-year-old Dayton man was killed by police Friday morning in Moraine after he pointed a loaded gun at officers and failed to heed their warning, authorities said. STAFF PHOTO

Moraine police shooting: Officer-involved fatality a first for city

Moraine’s police chief said it’s not known how long it will take to complete the internal investigation into the city’s first officer-involved fatal shooting.

The killing of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann of Dayton occurred after 5 a.m. Friday after police said the Dayton man pointed a loaded semi-automatic pistol at two officers and failed to heed their warnings, police said.

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Officers John Howard and Jerry Knight were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle at an apartment complex at 3750 Pinnacle Road when the encounter occurred.

McShann was pronounced dead at the scene in what Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson said was the first officer-involved fatality in the city, which incorporated in 1955.

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Howard and Knight were placed on paid administrative leave. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has assumed control of the case at the request of the Moraine Police Division.

The city will conduct an internal investigation that “will focus on whether any department policies were violated during the event,” Richardson said via email this morning.

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Moraine officers are not equipped with body cameras and police cruisers do not have the devices either, according to Law Director Buzz Portune.

Howard is a 19-year veteran of the division and Knight has worked there for 19 months, according to the city. This news organization has requested copies of their personnel files.

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