Suspect jailed in homicide in which shots fired toward cruiser


Suspect jailed in homicide in which shots fired toward cruiser

UPDATE @ 2:33 p.m. (Sept. 22):

A suspect, Taevian A. Harris, 24, in sitting in Montgomery County Jail on a charge of murder and parole violation in connection to the shooting death of 26-year-old Deandre Thomas earlier this month in Dayton. 

Taevian A. Harris, Montgomery County Jail

UPDATE @ 4:37 p.m. (Sept. 15):

Over five minutes of cruiser camera footage has been released from Dayton police in this shooting homicide in which a suspect is still loose.

In the incident, 26-year-old Deandre Thomas was killed.

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Sept. 14):

The Dayton man shot and killed Wednesday was shot multiple times, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Deandre Thomas’ death has been ruled a homicide.

UPDATE @6:30 a.m. (Sept. 14): Montgomery County  Coroners Office confirmed that 26-year-old Deandre Thomas was the victim in the homicide that occurred in the area of Groveland and McCabe avenues in Dayton yesterday.

His cause of death is still pending, and his hometown is not confirmed.

Dayton police continue their investigation into this incident. 


Police continue to look for a shooter who left one person dead and fired once at two Dayton police officers who were in their cruiser, Dayton Maj. Eric Henderson said.

The two officers, who have not been identified by name, were not injured, he said. 

According to the investigation so far, Henderson said, the two officers heard gunshots in the area of Groveland and McCabe avenues about 3 p.m. 

The officers saw a person, who fired once in their direction, the major said. The officers then saw a body in the street and went to render aid to that person.

The officers did not return gunfire. The shooter eluded capture. 

Henderson declined to say whether the police cruiser was hit by the gunfire. He also did not give any details about the person found shot to death.

"There's still a lot of work that needs to be done," he said. "We have two officers who were shot at." 

Henderson offered a plea for the public to call 333-COPS (937-333-2677) or CrimeStoppers (937-222-7867) with any information.

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A “signal 99” was issued after a juvenile fired shots towards a police cruiser, according to dispatch records. 

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