Police chief: Middletown detective in ICU needs complete rest

5:15 p.m Friday, July 7, 2017 Middletown
Middletown paramedics and police officers assist Detective Justin Camper on Wednesday night. Camper, who fell in the parking lot, was taken from the police station to Smith Park, where he was flown to Miami Valley Hospital. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

Detective Justin Camper, a nine-year veteran of the Middletown Division of Police, remained hospitalized Friday evening after he was injured outside the station Wednesday night.

Camper remained in the intensive care unit at Miami Valley Hospital, according to Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw, after officers found the detective lying unresponsive in the police parking lot.

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Officers have have not been permitted to visit Camper, who needs complete rest, according to Muterspaw.

“The department has been having regular briefings about the situation and has provided counseling, if needed, for those involved,” Muterspaw told this news outlet today.

Camper is assigned to the department’s Special Operations Unit and was retrieving items out of a police vehicle that had to be towed, Muterspaw said. It appeared he suffered a head injury.

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Witnesses said Camper was on top of a wrecker and fell.

Middletown paramedics worked on Camper for several minutes until he was taken in a medic unit from the lot to Smith Park, where he was flown to the Dayton hospital.

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