Dayton man sentenced for shooting at police during 11-hour standoff

A 58-year-old Dayton man who shot at police during an 11-hour standoff in February 2019 will spend the next 28 years in prison.

Todd Anthony King was inside a home with young children Feb. 5, 2019, in the 1900 block of Elsmere Avenue in Dayton when police responded to a domestic violence complaint, where King’s girlfriend met them outside and said he had assaulted her, police and the prosecutor’s office said.

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King refused to come outside and exchanged gunfire with police. King also tried to use the children — described as a 2-year-old and an 8-month-old — as shields during the incident that drew SWAT officers from Dayton and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

A jury found King guilty Feb. 28, 2020, of five counts of felonious assault on a police officer; two counts of endangering children; and one count each of tampering with evidence, inducing panic, domestic violence and having weapons while under disability for a prior offense of violence, the prosecutor’s office stated in a release.

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