Moraine police on Friday requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to oversee the primary investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting. The Moraine police department will also conduct an internal-affairs investigation, which is part of the department’s protocol in such incidents, Richardson said.
The Moraine police chief laid out the following chain of events that led to the fatal shooting:
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When officers arrived to investigate the report of a suspicious vehicle, they found McShann asleep or unconscious in a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am with the car stereo on. Officers saw a handgun resting on his right thigh, the chief said.
Officers did not confront him immediately; instead, they first obtained a ballistic shield and put tire-deflation device in front of the car’s tires. They also attempt to contact the owner of the vehicle, but are unsuccessful.
“This all transpires over almost a half-hour,” Richardson said. “This was not something that occurred quickly. This was a slow, methodical process the responding officers used.”
As officers using the ballistic shield re-approached the car, McShann “becomes aware of their presence, and officers begin shouting commands to raise and show his hands, but Mr. McShann fails to comply,” the Moraine chief said.
“Mr. McShann presented a handgun and pointed it at the officers, ignoring orders to drop the gun. Two officers fired their weapons, striking Mr. McShann.”
McShann died at the scene. An autopsy is pending.
One of McShann’s brothers, Jamal McShann, died in a shooting in October 2013 in Dayton. Another brother, Curtis McShann, was sentenced earlier this month to 60 years to life in prison in connection to the Oct. 25, 2016, shooting death of Brandon Lanier, 27, on Riverside Drive in Dayton.
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Jamarco McShann had himself previously faced charges of aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, having a weapon under disability and resisting arrest, according to the Moraine police chief. He had been released from the Lebanon Correctional Institution on Aug. 2, 2016 after serving a three-year sentence stemming from three criminal cases.
Richardson called the incident a “tragedy for our community, for the officers involved, for the McShann family, for the residents of the apartment complex.”
The alleged weapon McShann was carrying when Moraine police arrived to the scene Friday. Photo provided/Moraine Police
Of his decision to seek the assistance of BCI to oversee the criminal investigation, Richardson said the large number of potential witnesses and evidence would have taxed his relatively small police agency. “It was clear we were going to need some outside assistance,” he said.
BCI spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said late Friday that the bureau’s Special Investigations Unit will lead the investigation. A half-dozen BCI officers were on scene by Friday night.
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“What we’re going to be doing is conducting an independent investigation to determine the facts about what exactly occurred, and we’ll go from there,” Del Greco said.
BCI is not required to investigate officer-involved shootings, nor are departments required to ask for BCI’s assistance, Del Greco said. But many departments ask for assistance. At least 17 officer-involved shootings have been referred to BCI this year, she said.
BCI’s investigation will focus on whether there were any criminal violations during the incident, but will not make a determination on whether the officers violated any department policies. BCI will refer its findings to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Del Greco said.