Mayor's car hit by stray gunfire

Her car was caught in line of fire following 3-vehicle crash, police say.
TNS Regional News
Nov 22, 2013

 

A car driven by Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering was shot after a crash involving other vehicles escalated into gunfire, injuring a Dayton man.

Deitering’s car was hit by errant gunfire following a three-vehicle crash at Main Street and Healthcliff Road, Clayton police said on Wednesday. According to Director of Public Safety Richard Rose, it “was caught in the line of fire and her vehicle was struck by at least one of the errant shots.”

Deitering, who was not injured, was leaving her office at 8801 N. Main St. She did not immediately return a voicemail on Wednesday seeking comment.

Rose said the two had a “brief conversation” with Deitering after the incident, but not a formal interview.

“I’m sure she saw some of the shots fired … but you have to realize it’s fairly dark,” he said. “When shots are fired you (usually) don’t look directly at where they’re coming from.”

The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Law enforcement officers from Montgomery County, Clayton and Englewood were dispatched on reports of a vehicle accident and shots fired along Main near Heathcliff.

There were reports that as many as 15 shots were fired. One person — identified as Kevin Florence Jr., 25, of Dayton — was shot in the hand.

Police said Florence stopped a random driver in the area, demanding to be taken to a nearby Urgent Care center in Harrison Twp. As they were leaving the scene, the back window of that person’s car was shot out.

The driver was not injured.

Rose said the conflict that came to a head at Main and Heathcliff may have started around Philadelphia Drive and Main Street and possibly involved up to four vehicles chasing one car.

An Englewood traffic camera captured the crash near Heathcliff. That video, released Wednesday, showed an SUV chasing a car. They both hit a third vehicle that wasn’t involved. The SUV — driving without headlights — turned around in the grass off the side of the road and fled south on Main Street.

There are then images of a person running down Main Street. The gunshots follow.

No arrests have been made. Police will continue to search through vehicles seized at the scene and talk to the people involved.

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By Andy Sedlak - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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