‘Well-thought-out ambush’ leaves suspect dead day after his divorce filing


‘Well-thought-out ambush’ leaves suspect dead day after his divorce filing

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.:

David Hurley, 35, of Laurel, Indiana, is the person who died Wednesday morning during an incident in Jefferson Twp., according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The manner of death has not been determined, but the cause of death is a gunshot wound.

Hurley is suspected of shooting his wife before turning the gun on himself, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Chief Deputy Rob Streck.

His wife was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

Within the past month, Hurley apparently filed for divorce from his wife, then asked the court to dismiss his filing, then re-filed for divorce on Tuesday, according to Indiana court records.

On Aug. 24, Hurley petitioned the Franklin County, Ind. Circuit Court for a divorce from his wife, according to court records. A hearing was scheduled, but Hurley filed a motion to dismiss on Sept. 5, which the court granted on Sept. 7, according to Indiana records. 

On Tuesday, Hurley, representing himself, opened a new divorce case, according to court records.

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m.:

Montgomery County Sheriff Chief Deputy Rob Streck said this was a “well-thought-out ambush” by a male suspect.

An injured 27-year-old female victim was shot twice and is in stable condition. Streck said the woman is expected to survive. 

The now-deceased suspect, a 35-year-old male from Indiana, is husband of the female victim. The couple is separated and going through a divorce, Streck said. 

Detectives say the incident appears to involve an estranged couple.

Streck said it was a domestic dispute and the female victim was in the process of getting protection orders. 

Streck said the female victim was being dropped off at the Germantown Pike home to get her car — meanwhile the male suspect was hiding in a shed on the property. 

When she got into her car, that’s when he popped out and started firing, Streck said.

A male in a pickup truck had dropped off the female victim at the Jefferson Twp. residence. The male suspect jumped in the rear bed of the pickup truck, and was ejected from rear of the truck. 

A resident came outside with a shotgun, and that’s when the male suspect took his own life, Streck said.

UPDATE @ 9:29 a.m.:

A 911 caller said an Indiana man came to a home on Germantown Pike and shot a woman who had been staying at the residence. 

“He lives in Indiana. She just put a restraining order on him like two days ago,” the caller said. “She’s shot laying on the ground.” 

The caller said the man shot the woman and then a short time later the man started to walk toward the house. 

“He’s on foot…he’s reloading,” the caller said. 

The caller then informs the dispatcher that the man, who has not been identified, shot himself.

UPDATE @ 8:35 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirms an investigator has been requested to respond to the shooting scene on Germantown Pike in Jefferson Twp. 

Scanner traffic indicates a medic transported one person to an area hospital, but the condition of the victim was not available. 

Additional details were not available. 

UPDATE @ 8:05 a.m. 

Dispatchers confirm at least one person was shot near the intersection of Germantown Pike and Dayton Farmersville Road in Jefferson Twp. 

Our crew on the scene reports homicide detectives have arrived on the scene and there is a white sheet on the ground covering what appears to be a body. 

Investigators have blocked Germantown Pike between Infirmary Road and Dayton Farmersville Road for the investigation. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


Two medics have been requested to a reported shooting on Germantown Pike in Jefferson Twp. Wednesday morning. 

Emergency crews were dispatched to an address in the 5600 block of Germantown Pike around 7:30 a.m. 

Scanner traffic indicates deputies are blocking Ohio 4 at Infirmary Road due to the investigation. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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