At approximately 1:00am on Aug 2, 2023, a London Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with no rear lights or visible registration. As the officer was conducting the stop the suspects fled in the vehicle on US 42 north out of London to a truck stop where they fled on foot. As the officer attempted to deploy a taser, the male suspect fell and pointed a handgun at the officer. The suspect was able to flee to a nearby semi tractor with no trailer. He and a female suspect then fled in the semi truck with an occupant of the truck. As they fled the truck stop the suspect struck a London Police cruiser. No officers were injured.
Personnel from the Ohio State Patrol and Madison County Sheriff’s Office responding to the scene gave pursuit with London PD.
The pursuit has currently ended in Montgomery County just off of IS 70 on the access road to Dayton International Airport. The roadway is blocked as negotiations with the suspects and truck driver still inside the semi truck are ongoing.
*****UPDATE: 9:50AM***** Ohio State Highway Patrol Update
Early this morning the Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team (SRT) assisted the London Police Division for an active hostage situation. Upon the SRT’s arrival, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office personnel were attempting to negotiate with the suspects. At approximately 7:30am the Patrol’s SRT approached the semi in an attempt to remove the hostage. As troopers approached, they were fired upon. Troopers returned fire, striking both the male and female suspects.
The hostage was removed from the area with minor injuries. Troopers re-approached the semi to take both the male and female into custody. Both suspects were transported to the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with life threatening injuries. The female was pronounced deceased at the hospital. No officers were injured.
The incident is under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
***FINAL UPDATE*** 12:30 p.m. Ohio State Highway Patrol
The male suspect has been pronounced deceased at Miami Valley Hospital. All further
inquiries into this incident should be directed to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal