Dayton suburb logs its second killing by policeman in year


Police today are investigating a large Dayton suburb's second fatal shooting of a suspect by a police officer in a year.

Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said officers were responding to a report of a “violent confrontation” at an apartment around 11 p.m. Saturday when the suspect and an officer both discharged their firearms in the Dayton suburb of 55,000 people.

The victim was Mitchell Simmons, 24, of Kettering, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said. He died at the scene. The officer was not injured, and his name was not released.

The fatal shooting comes less than nine months after Kettering Officer Jonathon McCoy shot and killed Jason Hoops, 33, of Fairborn, in what began as a traffic stop.

A grand jury declined to indict McCoy in the Aug. 27 shooting in December. Authorities said McCoy was conducting a traffic stop when he saw Hoops had a firearm. Dashcam video released later showed McCoy warning Hoops repeatedly not to reach for a gun, before McCoy fired.

Protsman said Sunday that the responding officer in the latest shooting heard a woman who needed help when he arrived. He forced his way into the apartment alone and encountered Simmons with a gun, Protsman said.

The chief said the woman had minor injuries when the officer arrived. It was unclear who had called police.

The coroner’s office plans an autopsy.

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