Posted: 5:34 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Police radio traffic offers new details in Monroe outlet mall shooting

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By Lauren Pack

Staff Writer


Dispatch radio traffic on the night a shoplifting suspect was shot by Monroe Police Officer Chad Caudill chronicles a routine theft investigation that turned violent after the suspect gave a false name and tried to run from officers.

Monroe police and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate Saturday night’s officer-involved shoot of 22-year-old Jamarcus Levon Brown, of Trotwood. Brown, who was shot in the leg, is housed in the Warren County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing Monday in Lebanon Municipal Court on charges of felony fleeing and alluding and assault on a police officer.

Lt. Brian Curlis said the internal investigation, including interviews with witnesses, other officers at the scene and Caudill, should be completed by the end of the week.

The sheriff’s office is processing the crime scene, including the car Brown was driving, Curlis said. Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims said his department is conducting “a piece of the criminal investigation” and declined further comment.

Curlis said the investigation results will likely be submitted to the Warren County Prosecutor’s office for review. Prosecutor David Fornshell said the investigation results would need to be investigated by his office or alternatively by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at his request.

Mall security guards called Monroe dispatchers at 8:49 p.m. Saturday about a possible suspect who may have stolen sunglasses from Sunglass Hut. The suspect was inside Solstice at the time the call was placed.

Officers Luis Amaya and Caudill were dispatched to the mall at 8:50 p.m. Amaya arrived first. When Caudill arrived they began talking to a group of people, including the suspect, outside True Religion store.

The suspect, who police say is Brown, gave a false name of Jashon Lee Walker along with false birth date and social security number, according to radio traffic.

Amaya stayed with the group, and Caudill and Brown walked away to look at security tape. Caudill called Amaya, who was on a cell phone handed to him by one of those being questioned allegedly with the mother of “Walker, and told him to tell the group to give up the suspect’s real name or “they were all going to jail with him.”

At 9:09.12 Caudill shouts, “He’s running from me.” At 9:09.23, Caudill yells out the numbers on the poles he passes while running in the parking lot and at 9:09.32, Caudill yells out a license plate number.

“Shots fired,” Caudill said at 9:09.43. Then there was a rush of calls for medics and back up assistance. It was several minutes before Amaya was able to say it was the suspect who had been shot in the leg.

Brown drove the car toward Caudill, Curlis said. The officer ended up on the hood of the vehicle and fired two shoots through the center of the windshield, one hitting Brown in the leg.

Brown was behind the wheel of a black 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix that was not registered to him. He was able to get out of the car, which was left in gear and continued to roll until Caudill stopped it, Curlis said.

“He (Caudill) did comfort him (Brown) while he was in the ground … telling him he wasn’t going to die,” Curlis said.

Officers were not able to find out Brown’s true identity until about 2 a.m. Sunday morning when he was told he would be booked into jail as “John Doe” and bond would be unlikely.

“He helped us then,” Curlis said.

Caudill, who was uninjured in the incident, remains on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed. He is a five-year veteran of the force.

Last week, Brown led Huber Heights police on a 100-mph chase on Interstate 70. Brown crashed the car he was driving near the Dayton-Yellow Springs Road exit on I-675 and then ran into the woods before police could capture him. He was wanted on a warrant from Montgomery County on Saturday.

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