Police: 2 of 5 guns recovered from fatal Middletown shooting stolen

Police: 2 of 5 guns recovered from fatal Middletown shooting stolen

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Middletown police continue to investigate a fatal shooting and a fatal accident, incidents that happened shortly after the New Year began.

Two of the five guns recovered from the shooting Sunday morning outside a Middletown bar were stolen, according to Middletown police.

The police report from the New Year’s Day incident was released today and obtained by this news outlet.

In the report, police said they recovered three guns from the scene of the shooting and fatal accident and one was stolen. Later, police issued a search warrant for of one of the vehicles allegedly involved in the shooting and two guns were found, one stolen.

Two people died in the separate incidents: Teresa Shields, 26, of Dayton, and Mariana-Marie Richlen, West Chester Twp., both passengers in the vehicles.

A 2010 Audi Stevie Waldon was driving was hit by gunfire multiple times near the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Wicoff. Waldon and Shields suffered gunshot wounds, and he drove to Atrium Medical Center. There were three passengers in Waldon’s vehicle.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said detectives do not know if the shooting is connected to a shots fired incident at the 513 Lounge that apparently resulted in a fatal crash.

Police responded to a report of shots fired outside the 513 Lounge, 601 N. Verity Parkway, early Sunday morning. Two off-duty Middletown police officers were working detail at the bar when they heard shots being fired from the back parking area behind the bar, according to the report.

As the two officers neared one of the vehicles, they identified themselves as officers, demanding the subjects not get in the vehicle, the report said. But several people got in the car, including the driver, later identified as Deshawn Rippy, 22, of Hamilton.

Rippy quickly started the vehicle, placed it in reverse and began backing up, police said. The officer had Rippy at gunpoint, and gave his commands to stop the car, but he refused and pulled back into the parking spot at a high rate of speed, then drove over the curb and began traveling south on Clark Street, the report said.

More Middletown police officers arrived and one of them said Rippy’s vehicle was ahead of him on Clark Street and the car ran several stop signs. The Buick had crashed into a stone wall at the rear of St. John’s Church.

Richlen, a front-seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Rippy was taken by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with critical injuries. There were three passengers in the back seat.

Later, back at the bar, officers found seven .40 caliber casings and two vehicles had been struck by the bullets, a maroon Toyota Camry and a blue Chevy.

Police found a Ruger 9mm handgun, on top of the grass area with blue paint on the gun where it had struck the building when it had been thrown from the vehicle, police said. Upon further checking the area of the open parking lot north of 412 Clark St., detectives found another gun, a .40 caliber. It had been stolen from the city of Hamilton.

A citizen later in the morning also located another gun, a .380 caliber handgun, laying in the area of 210 Clark St.

On Tuesday, Middletown detectives executed a search warrant on the Toyota Camry, belonging to Rosalind Williams. Police found a loaded gun that was confirmed to be stolen.

Police also found a baggie that contained 9 grams of what was field tested to be heroin. Then, police found a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun.

Williams told police that her son, Stanley, had been driving the vehicle and police located his college ID in the car.

Police conducted a search warrant on a blue Chevy that had several bullet holes. Police determined the bullets holes were not from the New Year’s Day shooting.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Middletown police at 513-425-7700.

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