Suspect named, officers on leave after shots fired at Clay Twp building

Clay Twp. shooting suspect in jail, third officer placed on leave

Maj. Tom Simon of Brookville police has been identified as a third officer who fired his service weapon during the incident involving suspect Aaron Mitchell. Simon has been placed on administrative leave. 

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Additionally, Brookville police assisted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office with serving a search warrant at Mitchell’s home in Clay Twp. Friday afternoon, records show.

Formal charges against Mitchell are still pending.

FIRST REPORT:

A man accused of shooting at the Clay Twp. administration building before he was shot by police Friday is now in jail.

Multiple law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Aaron Mitchell, 40, who was booked Monday evening into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault, awaiting the filing of formal charges.

Two Clay Twp. officers, who have not been identified, are on paid leave following the police-involved shooting, Clay Twp. Police Chief John Van Gundy said Monday.

Aaron Mitchell
Photo: MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

The incident started about 1 p.m. Friday when a man fired shots at the Clay Twp. administrative building on Arlington Road, just north of Interstate 70.

“Actually, me and my sergeant were discussing a case in my office. We heard some gunshots,” Van Gundy said. “At that point we exited the door to find the suspect out there.”

Officers approached the man, who fled in a car. 

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The suspect drove east into Clayton with police in pursuit. He was stopped about 1:15 p.m. after running over a tire deflation device laid down by a state troopers on North Diamond Mill Road, south of U.S. 40. 

Law enforcement officers blocked Arlington Road at the Clay Twp. administrative building for several hours. Investigators also were working on North Diamond Mill Road in Clayton, where the suspect was shot. One gun was found in his car, investigators said. 

“It's very unexpected. There’s a few that it’s been pretty traumatic, too. It’s something that we’ll get through,” Van Gundy said.

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The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office has not approved formal charges against Mitchell, a spokesman said Monday morning.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rob Streck said investigators are trying to determine a motive for the shooting. 

“We do not know why he did it,” Streck said. 

At least 38 officers were assigned to the incident, including officers from the sheriff’s office, Dayton, Clay Twp., Trotwood and other agencies, according to dispatch records.

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