Middletown officer injured in fall identified

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Middletown officer injured in fall identified

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Middletown paramedics and police officers assist an officer tonight who fell in the parking lot. The officer was taken from the police station lot to Smith Park, where he was flown to Miami Valley Hospital. RICK McCRABB / STAFF

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.: Middletown police have released the name and circumstances in which an officer was injured outside the police station Wednesday night.

Officers found Detective Justin Camper lying unresponsive in the police parking circle, according to Chief Rodney Muterspaw. It appeared he suffered a head injury.

Witnesses said Camper was on top of a wrecker in the circle and was getting an item out of a vehicle that was on the wrecker and fell from that location.

Camper remains housed at the ICU at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

UPDATE, July 6:

The officer remains in the intensive care unit at Miami Valley Hospital, according to Middletown Division of Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw.

INITIAL REPORT, July 5:

A Middletown police officer fell tonight in the parking lot of the police station and injured his head in a “fluke” accident, police said.

Middletown paramedics worked on the officer for several minutes until he was taken in a medic unit from the lot to Smith Park, where he was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Middletown Division of Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said.

The chief said he didn’t know how the officer fell nor the extent of his injuries. He then left for the hospital. Muterspaw said he wouldn’t release the officer’s name until his family was notified.

Muterspaw was attending tonight’s the City Council meeting when a Middletown officer told him about the incident. Muterspaw and Lt. Scott Reeve quickly left the meeting.

Then they were joined by City Manager Doug Adkins.

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