The man suspected in a double stabbing in Moraine held officers at bay in Riverside for several hours on Sunday, eventually spurring police to fire tear gas into the man’s residence and arrest him in the wee hours of the morning.
Timothy Edward Copley II, 43, of the 4200 block of Blue Rock Road, “was forced to surrender” after Montgomery County SWAT officers and Riverside police had surrounded his home, according to Moraine police. Copley is suspected of stabbing a male and female at a location in the 3000 block of Lakehurst Court in Moraine.
He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault. As of Sunday evening, Copley was in the Montgomery County Jail.
Moraine officers found the victims suffering from stab wounds to their abdomens at approximately midnight, according to a release. The victims’ names, conditions and details of the incident were not released.
Moraine officers learned the suspect’s name from victims and witnesses and contacted Riverside police to check his address there. A Riverside officer saw Copley pull up and exit his vehicle then run into his house, according to the release.
“He had a weapon in the house with him — a shotgun,” said Moraine officer John Brun. “He would not answer the phone or come to the door when they were requesting his contact.”
After the officer reported that Copley grabbed the shotgun, a perimeter was set up and the county SWAT team was called, according to police.
Authorities were on scene about six hours.
“It took a while to get him out,” Brun said.
Brun said officers fired tear gas into the residence and the man was taken into custody without incident.