Dayton police officer injured in tussle with man sought on warrant

UPDATE @ 6:33 p.m.:  A 26-year-old man is to be in court Thursday on a charge accusing him of assaulting a Dayton police officer in an incident that began with the officer's decision to tow an abandoned vehicle.

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David Milner remains in the Montgomery County Jail on the felony charge as well as a probation violation charge, according to online jail records.

He was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Redwood Avenue stemming from the incident involving the tow in the 2100 block of Catalpa Drive.

According to a Dayton Police Department spokeswoman, Police Officer Joshua Bowling, out on an abandoned vehicle complaint Tuesday afternoon, called for a tow truck. While waiting for the truck, the vehicle's registered owner showed up.

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Bowling tried to take the owner into custody because he recognized the man as being the focus of an arrest warrant. A struggle ensued at the rear of the vehicle, during which Bowling suffered an arm injury.

The man escaped apprehension and ran, according to the department spokeswoman.

In the incident report filed for the public record, Officer Christopher Smith typed, "City of Dayton Police Officer was assaulted by another." The report offered no other details.

Bowling has since been treated and has returned to active duty.

The man Bowling tussled with, identified as Milner, was captured on Redwood Avenue, according to online jail record. The car was towed and is in police custody, according to the police department.


A police officer was assaulted on Catalpa Drive on Tuesday, according to a police report.

Dayton Police Officer Joshua Bowling was assaulted around 3:50 p.m. in the 2100 block of Catalpa Drive, according to the incident report.

The report does not give details on the assault or indicate whether Bowling was injured.

"City of Dayton Police Officer was assaulted by another," Officer Christopher Smith wrote in the incident report.

We are working to bring you more information on this developing story.

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