DAYTON — A Montgomery County grand jury will hear evidence concerning a March 1 fatal shooting at the Summit Square apartments by security guards, Prosecutor Mathias H. Heck, Jr., said Wednesday.
Two Ranger Security employees told police they had no choice but to shoot Dante Price because he tried to run them down with his car.
Neither guard was arrested.
Witnesses and several community groups disagreed with the security guards’ story and there have been rallies in downtown Dayton concerning Price’s death.
“Dante was not using the car as a weapon,” said attorney James Greene, who is representing’s Price’s family, at a news conference Wednesday. “We believe there’s a pattern and practice of assaults happening in subsidized housing.”
Ranger Security declined comment Wednesday.
The guards were attempting to detain Price for police because they said he was trespassing at the apartment complex on Hoover Avenue. Though Greene said Price was never on the trespass lists except for short periods, incident reports show police had attempted several times to serve trespassing citations on Price.
According to Dayton police, Ranger Security personnel asked Price to leave the apartment complex around 11:20 p.m.
Price’s mother, Saprena Riley, told the Dayton Daily News that he remained in his car. She said he was waiting for Dayton police to arrive to help resolve the situation, but security guards opened fire.
Riley said Price was there to visit his 1-year-old son.
The grand jury investigation and review will be conducted within the next six weeks, according to Heck and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dayton Police Department detective section at (937) 333-1210.