Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson gave a press briefing Monday afternoon following a Friday night shooting when officers killed a 25-year-old man.
The man killed was identified as Andrew Hogan of Trotwood.
“I would like to send my condolences to the Hogan family. My heart and prayers go out to them as they deal with this tragic event,” Wilson said.
Wilson said three officers are on administrative leave for their involvement in the deadly shooting.
The chief said he and his department are committed to truth. He said the department is being transparent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, which is handling the investigation. He declined to give too much detail as the investigation continues, but said it was clear the shooting has affected his officers.
Police were called around 10:15 p.m. Friday on a shoplifting complaint to the Speedway gas station at 5010 Olive Road. The suspect left before police arrived and was headed west on Shiloh Springs Road. Officers found the suspect, later identified as Hogan, about a block away near Kensington Apartment Complex, according to a release from the department.
Wilson said Hogan struck one of the officers during the incident and that officers used pepper spray on Hogan, who reportedly refused to follow orders before he ran to the 700 block of Kelford Place.
While waiting for additional units to respond, Hogan left an apartment with a knife in his hand and was fatally shot.
After the shooting, Wilson said “officers immediately rendered first aid and called for rescue personnel.”
Wilson said police recovered the knife reportedly used by the suspect.
Trotwood officers do not wear body cameras, so there is no video of the events that led to the shooting.
“It’s just another tool. I’m not against body cameras,” said Wilson, who later added “I don’t think body cameras would have stopped anything.”
The cost of the cameras has been prohibitive for the department, but the chief said getting his officers equipped with body cameras is a priority.
In addition to the Ohio BCI investigating the shooting, a special prosecutor will be assigned to the case.