New information emerged Monday about a man shot and killed by a Kettering police officer responding to a domestic violence call and hearing cries for help from a woman inside their apartment.
Mitchell Simmons, 24, was shot to death Saturday night in the Chatham Village Apartment complex. Both Simmons and the officer discharged weapons, investigators said.
Simmons was employed by Wright-Patt Credit Union at the time of his death, according to a police report released Monday afternoon. Simmons’ Facebook page said he was a fraud investigator at the credit union, hired in 2017. Wright-Patt declined comment.
Simmons also was an Ohio University graduate, according to the registrar’s office in Athens, which said he received two degrees while there — an associate’s degree in applied science in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2016.
He graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2012, the school confirmed Monday.
Tammy Hildebrecht lives in the apartment complex where Simmons was shot. She said she heard the gunshots and witnessed Kettering police attempt CPR on Simmons after he was shot.
“I could see officers giving CPR. I’m a nurse, I understand CPR. They did what they could,” she said.
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The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office officially ruled Simmons’ death a homicide Monday afternoon, saying he died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds but declining to provide additional information.
The 24-year-old female victim of the alleged domestic violence was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries, according to Kettering Lt. Michael Gabrielson. Simmons and the woman lived in the same apartment, according to the police report.
“We do know the female victim did receive treatment at a local hospital, but she wasn’t transported by a medic,” Gabrielson said. “There were no injuries to the officers who responded to the scene.”
He added that the investigation is ongoing, declining to release some details now, as the case will get prepared to go to the prosecutor and eventually a grand jury.
The latest report released Monday afternoon revealed further details of what police encountered Saturday night.
The officer arrived on the scene at 5114 Scarsdale Drive in the Chatham Village Apartment complex and forced entry into an apartment after hearing what police reports say were a woman’s cries for help. Simmons was killed when the officer returned fire, the report said.
Shortly after 10 p.m., “officers called to the residence by a neighbor advising of a possible male and female fighting,” the report states. “An officer arrived on scene and could hear the argument and advised dispatch he was forcing entry into the apartment. Gunfire was exchanged and first aid rendered. The male suspect of the domestic violence was pronounced deceased.”
Gabrielson said two 911 dispatchers should be saluted for good work as they handled two frantic calls under pressure Saturday night.
He told this news outlet that the dispatchers’ performance “was an example of how things are supposed to work.”
“Alberta Feil was the first dispatcher and Whittney Selby the second. They both started with KPD on April 4, 2016,” Gabrielson said.
“There was a woman screaming very loudly. She was screaming ‘Help me! Help me!’ I can hear her and she kept screaming ‘Get off, get off. I can’t breathe. You broke my nose. My nose is bleeding and I can’t breathe,’” a neighbor said in the first 911 call placed.
A second call placed by the neighbor after officers arrived on scene stated, “There was a woman screaming very loudly. She was screaming ‘Help me! Help me!’ ”
Kettering on Monday still did not release the name of the officer involved. Per department policy, the officer is on paid administrative leave.
This marked the second fatal shooting by Kettering officers in nearly nine months.
A grand jury in December declined to charge Officer Jonathon McCoy, 27, who shot and killed Jason Hoops, a passenger in a gray Ford van stopped Aug. 27, 2017, for a traffic infraction.
Kettering police Chief Chip Protsman said then that McCoy acted properly by firing after giving 30 commands to the occupants to get out of the vehicle after the officer spotted a gun grip sticking out of Hoops’ pocket. Protsman said Hoops did not comply with McCoy’s instructions, and the officer feared for his own safety.
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