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Police Chief Richard Biehl

More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined members of the Community Police Council, Dayton Police and Mayor Nan Whaley for the Coversation on Gun Violence.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Thursday night in Dayton, Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, and members of the Community Police Council held a Community Conversation on Gun Violence at Grace United Methodist Church. More than a hundred concerned residents, civic leaders, and others joined the panelists for the two-hour event.

“Shots being fired, hearing gunfire at our house is normal,” said Scott Sliver, a member of the Community Police Council. Sliver said it was the normalcy of that gunfire that lead him to join the council.

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Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger says the gunman who killed nine people in the Oregon District had ingested cocaine, alcohol, and Xanax prior to the August 4 attack. Officials say full toxicology results on the shooter may take up to six weeks.

Dayton Police Lt. Paul Saunders shares new video evidence in the August 4 mass shooting.
City of Dayton

New details are emerging about the investigation into the August 4 Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead.

At a press conference, police shared surveillance video from area businesses pinpointing the gunman’s movements leading up to the attack.

Officials say the Dayton gunman spent time with his sibling and a friend at Blind Bob’s before heading to Ned Pepper’s bar alone. Police Chief Richard Biehl says it’s likely the gunman was casing the bar.

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Law enforcement authorities say the shooter in the Oregon District attack had a history of obsession with violence and had expressed a previous desire to commit a mass shooting.

Dayton Police announced Tuesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation into the 24-year-old killer’s motives in the attack that left nine people dead and more than two dozen others injured.

At a press conference, an FBI special agent from the Cincinnati Field Office told reporters there’s still a lot of evidence to go through. 

Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Authorities are continuing to investigate this weekend’s mass shooting on East Fifth Street in Dayton's Oregon District. Police have identified the killer as 24-year-old Connor Betts from Bellbrook.

The shooting left nine people dead, including the gunman’s own sister. More than two dozen other people were wounded. One remained in critical condition Sunday night.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl told reporters the killer wore body armor and a face mask when he opened fire using an AR-15-like assault rifle.

Dayton Community Police Relations organizers hosted Tuesday's meeting with police commanders.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dayton police and community officials are urging anyone planning to counterprotest this month’s rally by an Indiana-based Ku Klux Klan group to take safety precautions.

More than three dozen residents met Tuesday night at the westside Boys and Girls Club of Dayton to hear about the city’s preparations and share their concerns about the upcoming so-called Honorable Sacred Knights’ rally.

Police Chief Richard Biehl told participants the department has, “done their homework and checked with other cities,” as they map out security plans for the May 25 Courthouse Square event.

Dayton Names New Assistant Police Chief

Aug 13, 2015
Maj. Mark Ecton will become Dayton's Assistant Police Chief Aug. 17.
Dayton Police Department

Maj. Mark Ecton has been named the new assistant police chief for Dayton. City officials made the announcement Wednesday.

 

Maj. Ecton replaces Col. Robert Chabali, who retired earlier this year after serving more than 35 years with the Dayton Police Department. Ecton is a lifelong resident of Dayton and joined the department in 1987. He’s held the rank of Major since 2002.

For the last four years, he’s been the department’s Chief of Staff where he’s overseen day-to-day operations of the city’s police.

Dr. Kimberly Barrett (left) and Dr. Joann Wright Mawasha organized the forum at Wright State along with Dayton Police.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

About fifty people attended a forum on race and policing at Wright State Tuesday evening intended to move community members from dialogue to action around racial bias and police.

“There’s a difficult and torturous history of race and policing in this country,” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, who helped facilitate. “That history is not over. We’re still living it.”

With Congress in recess and many congressmen returning to their home districts, activist groups are taking steps to get their attention.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on one groups efforts.

Hoping to get the attention of Congressman Michael Turner of Ohio’s 10th district - The Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Network held a roundtable disccusion that featured local faith leaders, law enforcement, and members of the business community.