CLAYTON – A male suspect allegedly approached and fired shots at the Clay Twp. Administration Building, which also houses the police department while police officers were inside early Friday afternoon, Nov. 30.
According to Chief Deputy Rob Streck with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, a car pulled up to the Clay Twp. Police Department and began firing shots at the building.
When officers came outside to investigate and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon he fled with police in close pursuit. Officers pursued the suspect through Clay Twp. and east into Clayton. The suspect ran over a tire deflation stop stick placed in the roadway by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on N. Diamond Mill Road south of U.S. Route 40.
The suspect exchanged gunfire after the pursuit ended. He was wounded by police and transported to Miami Valley Hospital North for treatment. His condition is unknown.
After the shooting at the Clay Twp. offices several jurisdictions responded to lend assistance. The ATF arrived at the termination point of the pursuit to investigate.
Northmont City Schools said on its Facebook page the high school and middle school were both briefly placed on lockdown during the incident.
Two Clay Township deputies are now on paid leave following the officer-involved shooting, which is normal procedure following such an event.
Officers could not say what may have motivated the shooting but did say the suspect was making odd comments before being transported to the hospital.
According to township officials, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation of the shooting.