No criminal charges for officers involved in 2017 fatal shooting

A Trotwood police detective and a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy will not face criminal charges in connection the fatal shooting of Kesharn Burney in July 2017, according to a release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Burney was shot multiple times after he rammed an officer following a suspected drug deal on July 26, 2017, according to previous reports.

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Deputy Matthew Bowling from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Patrick Craun from the Trotwood Police Department, were identified as the officers involved in the shooting in the weeks after the incident.

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Kesharn Burney (Contributed Photo)

Kesharn Burney (Contributed Photo)

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Kesharn Burney (Contributed Photo)

Friday’s no true bill by the grand jury means Bowling and Craun will not face criminal charges in connection to the shooting.

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On July 26, 2017, the Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition Task Force was targeting well-known drug offense areas, when they witnessed what was believed to be a drug deal in the parking lot of Kroger on Needmore Road, Prosecutor Mat Heck said in a release Friday.

The suspect, Kesharn Burney, attempted to flee in his vehicle after he was boxed-in, according to Heck and previous reports. Burney rammed his vehicle into two law-enforcement vehicles, then hit an officer, officials said.

Bowling and Craun both shot at Burney’s vehicle, hitting him three times, investigators said.

Burney was able to drive away shortly before crashing on North Dixie Drive. He was transported to Grandview Hospital where he later died from his injuries, according to Heck.

“Over four days, the Montgomery County Grand Jury heard evidence and testimony from 15 witnesses, including officers, detectives, medical personnel, and others,” Heck said in the release. “All of the available evidence was presented to the Grand Jury.”

“Upon consideration of all the testimony and evidence, the Grand Jury returned a no true bill, finding that the officers acted lawfully under the circumstances.” Heck said.

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