Moraine police, witness shot at during high-speed chase involving kid

Sept 10, 2018
  • By Will Garbe
  • Staff Writer
A high-speed chase between Moraine police and a car with a 10-year-old boy inside ended after a fleeing passenger fired at a witness and police before the car dead-ended at a Great Miami River dam, police said. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

A high-speed chase between Moraine police and a car with a 10-year-old boy inside ended after a fleeing passenger fired at a witness and police before the car dead-ended at a Great Miami River dam, police said.

A shopper at the Walmart Supercenter, 1701 W. Dorothy Lane, called Moraine police around 10:09 a.m. Monday to report a theft by two men and a woman. The 911 call details how the man followed the suspects to Southtown Boulevard, before they fled down Elbee Road toward the McDonald’s restaurant at 1800 W. Dorothy Lane.

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“There’s a car that just stole a whole bunch of stuff from Walmart,” the caller said. The caller then chased the car down West Dorothy Lane toward North Springboro Pike in an attempt to get a license plate number.

“Oh my God, they’re firing shots,” the 911 caller said. “They’re shooting!”

Police joined the chase, following the 75-mile-per-hour car down Arbor Boulevard near the Dayton Power & Light Tait Substation.

“He’s fired shots from the back window at me,” an officer said over his radio.

The car, a 2011 Chevrolet Impala, took a left off Arbor Boulevard onto Carillon Boulevard, along the Great Miami River. Officers reported a suspect dumping a gun by the Tait Station Reservoir dam, near railroad tracks and the Great Miami River Recreational Trail.

The car then dead-ended at the railroad tracks.

“They stopped and gave up,” said Moraine Det. Sgt. Jon Spencer. “They were very careless, very reckless, very dangerous, obviously. For a lack of a better term, it was not a good decision to make.”

Police arrested Sherron Davis, 18, on suspicion of felonious assault. A 17-year-old female was arrested for theft and receiving stolen property. A 10-year-old boy was released to his guardian.

Police said the 17-year old drove the car away from Walmart, before Davis took over driving and began firing.

The weapon and the car — both recovered — were reported stolen out of Dayton. No one was injured in the chase, police said.

Animal control officers responded to the scene after witnesses reported that two dogs were in the vehicle.

Moraine police referred to the 911 caller as a “good Samaritan.”

“God, I went there for a pair of boots,” the caller said before hanging up. “I’m going back to Walmart.”

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