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Stolen Sunglasses May Have Led To Officer Involved Shooting
What started over a possibly stolen pair of sunglasses ended up with a man allegedly trying to run over a police officer in the parking lot of a Warren County shopping mall. It concluded with the police officer shooting and wounding the suspect.
Bond was set at 75-thousand dollars today for 22-year old Jamarcus Brown, of Dayton.
Local 12 News Reporter Jeff Hirsh has more on why the suspect may have tried to get away.
It ended in the parking lot of the Premium Outlets Mall on Saturday night. It started just about at the same time:
Chief Gregory Homer, Monroe Police:
"This probably, I would say from the time he ran out, we're talking 15-30 seconds."
He is 22 year-old Jamarcus Brown. A police officer had just brought Brown back to the Sunglass Hut store inside the mall, as a shoplifting suspect.
According to police, the suspect ran out of the mall, a police officer in pursuit. The suspect jumps into a car, apparently a friend's car. He had a key or there was a key in it. The police officer ended up on this side of the car, which was facing out. The car came right at the police officer. The officer told him to stop and he didn't. The police officer then either got bumped or jumped onto the hood of the car. Had his gun. Said stop and the guy didn't stop. The officer fired twice, hitting Brown once in the leg.
"What happened at ten o'clock at night, it's dark, people are running around, the officer chasing this guy does not know why he ran, chasing a guy, the guy gets into car. Shoplifting? Come on. The officer has to make a split second decision. Does he let him go or try to stop him, stop him, stop him."
Brown was in court today, charged with obstructing official business, fleeing and eluding, and assaulting a police officer. One reason Brown may have tried so desperately to get out of the mall, he was wanted for leading police in suburban Dayton on a 30 mile chase last week ... that's a lot worse than a pair of sunglasses.
Brown apologized to the court, but his bond was set at 75-thousand dollars. Monroe Officer Chad Caudill is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
"And he has to make the decision at night, in the dark, and we get to second guess him for the next three weeks."
Police Officer Chad Caudill was named Monroe's "Police Officer of the Year" by the department last year.
The chief says Saturday night was the first time Caudill had fired his weapon in five years on the force. The last police-involved shooting in Monroe was in 1995.
UPDATE: 8-4-2013 - 2:00P.M.
The officer who discharged his weapon Saturday night is Officer Chard Caudill. Officer Caudill is a 5 year veteran of the Monroe Police Department.
He was not injured
The suspect, 22-year-old Jamarcus Levon Brown of Dayton, was shot at least in the leg by Officer Caudill after police say Brown drove his car at the officer.
Brown is currently in the Warren County Jail on charges of, Assault on a Police Officer, Obstructing Official Business and Failure to Comply with the lawful order of a Police Officer. On top of those charges Brown is also being detained on an unrelated felony warrant out of Montgomery County.
Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe.
The shooting happened around 9:15p.m. Saturday night when an officer was called out to the outlets for a report of shoplifting.
According to the Monroe Police Department, when the officer arrived the suspected shoplifters started to run away. One of them got into a car to make his getaway.
Lieutenant Brian Curless says that the officer was in front of the vehicle and the subject accelerated at the officer. Lt. Curless went on to say that the officer involved in the incident ended up on the hood and then fired two shots through the windshield.
The driver was hit by the officers gunfire and was taken to the hospital.
Authorities have not released the condition or names of the officer or the suspects that were involved.
Local 12 News will bring you any new information as soon as it becomes available.