Bystander shot in the head by suspect in Woodlawn bank robbery, police chase
WOODLAWN, Ohio (WKRC) - Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said a bank robbery, a crash and a shooting at a Forest Park bar are all connected.
Woodlawn Police were called to the US Bank on Springfield Pike near Riddle Road around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for a robbery. The suspect, 35-year-old Daimeyon Smith, was believed to have a gun.
Smith fled in a white Lexus and led police on a high-speed pursuit through Woodlawn, Springdale and Forest Park. The chase ended in a crash along Northland Boulevard in Forest Park when Smith rear-ended another vehicle. That's when an officer called for backup. A woman was in the car Smith hit, but she was not injured.
Chief William Arns of the Forest Park Police Department said after the crash on Northland Boulevard, Smith ran into the Cruise Inn Sports Bar & Grill. Officers immediately chased Smith into the bar.
"And then he jumped out, dude with the dreadlocks, jumped out and started running across the grass. And then the police drove up on the grass after him and then the [officer] jumped out after him. [There were] about 10-12 police [officers] that took after him," Gail Norman who witnessed the crash said. Norman's just thankful her and her mother are safe.
"That was just out of a movie or something. My mom is in the car, she's still shook up," Norman said. "If it would've been another 60 seconds that could've been us. That's why I'm like, 'Thank you God. That could've been us."
As officers followed Smith into the bar, Smith fired two rounds at the officers but struck a patron, 47-year-old Scott Ramsey, in the head. Ramsey was transported to the hospital where he is in stable but critical condition.
After shooting Ramsey, Smith exited the bar onto an enclosed patio area where he tossed his gun into a garbage can before being arrested by a Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy.
Smith is from Dunbar, West Virginia. He has a criminal record in West Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky. Detectives from Forest Park and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office are working to determine what charges to bring against Smith.