Conrad E. Davis fired a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun at Brookville police at 9:45 p.m. Monday, according to court records. Few details have emerged about the shooting that left Ashley Sides dead and Brookville police officer Henry Edds injured.
Davis, 27, of Cookeville, Tenn., had a $1 million cash surety bond set Thursday during his video arraignment in Montgomery County’s Western Division Municipal Court in New Lebanon.
David pleaded not guilty to two first-degree felony charges for felonious assault on a police officer and a fourth-degree felony for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
The complaint and affidavit signed by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Detective Eric Dingee said Davis fired his weapon at police at in the parking lot of Speedway at 799 Arlington Road.
“Brookville Police officers returned fire in the lot,” the complaint said. “Brookville Officer Henry Edds ultimately sustained a gunshot wound to his left arm.”
The statement of facts does not describe whose bullets hit Edds or Sides, 31, also of Cookville, Tenn. - who died of multiple gunshot wounds.
UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m. (Nov. 3):
Bond was set at $1 million for Conrad Davis during his initial appearance in municipal court this afternoon.
UPDATE @8:24 a.m. (Nov. 3)
The Ohio State Highway Patrol initial incident report after the car crash and shootout that left a 31-year-old Tennessee woman dead has very little detail. Ashley Sides died of multiple gunshots during a police-involved shooting in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station in an incident that also injured Brookville police officer Henry Edds.
The report filed by Trooper Kyle Harris and obtained by this news organization lists resisting arrest by fleeing as the violation. The report does not list a suspect’s name or vehicle, but does include a short narrative about an attempted stop that began at 9:40 p.m. Monday on Interstate 70 near Brookville and ended at 9:41 p.m.
“An attempt was made to stop the suspect’s vehicle for a speed violation,” said the publicly available portion of the OSHP report filed at 3:09 p.m. Nov. 1 and approved by a supervisor Nov. 2. “The suspect’s vehicle fled from the Trooper. A short pursuit ensued. The pursuit was terminated due to excessive speeds and passing vehicles on the right.”
This news organization has asked for more information, including dash-cam footage from Brookville police and the OSHP and comment from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, which is conducting the criminal and internal investigations.
Update@3:15 p.m. (Nov. 2):
Three charges have been approved against Conrad Davis — two counts of felonious assault on a police officer and one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, the Montgomery County Prosecutor said Wednesday, noting that more charges could be added. Police are continuing to investigate.
Davis' booking information said he was being held for murder but that formal charges had not been approved. A law enforcement source said Davis was from Cookeville, Tenn.
The Brookville officers involved in the deadly shooting were Henry Edds, who was shot and wounded, and Frank Graci. Both discharged their weapons, police said.
Edds remains in stable condition and is recovering after being shot in the arm.
It’s not clear if Sides or Davis opened fire on the officers and shot Edds, or who killed the woman. However, we are working to get that information from police.
Both officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, per policy, Brookville Police Chief Doug Jerome said. The incident remains under investigation, with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office leading the investigation, he said.
Jerome said it’s only the second officer-involved shooting in the 21 years he’s been with the Brookville Police Department.
Brookville officers were dispatched around 9:40 p.m. Monday to assist the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which had a vehicle flee from a traffic stop, scanner traffic indicated.
The OSHP Dayton Post confirmed that their agency was the first to make contact with the vehicle, a white Cadillac SUV with Tennessee plates.
A trooper tried to stop the Cadillac as it headed east on I-70 near the Preble-Montgomery County Line. The driver did not stop and the trooper ended the pursuit because of excessive speeds, according to the patrol.
The Cadillac exited the highway at Arlington Road, but the trooper was not able to follow because of traffic. After exiting the highway, the Cadillac crashed at Wendy’s, but the trooper was not tailing the vehicle at the time, according to the patrol.
Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls that a white SUV crashed into a tree-line near the Wendy’s at the corner at Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Arlington Road. A woman was reported to dispatchers as running from the scene, and possibly trying to flag down other vehicles.
Police located the Cadillac SUV in the tree-line, and asked for the fire department to respond. The Cadillac was reported found with heavy damage, but the responding officer was unsure if anyone was injured, or still inside the vehicle.
As police were looking for the female, shots rang out at the Speedway on Arlington Road.
An officer then radioed for medics for two people who had been shot. A woman, who the officer described as a suspect, was reported shot, along with one police officer. A dark colored SUV — later described as a blue Subaru Forester with Tennessee plates — was the vehicle where the shots came from.
Around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, officers located the Subaru in a pond near a church at the intersection of Brookville Phillipsburg Road and Access Road. A K-9 tracked Davis to an unlocked camper at a nearby private residence in Clay Twp., where authorities took him into custody without incident around 7:45 a.m.
Outside of the Montgomery County Jail later Tuesday morning, Davis told News Center 7’s Adam Marshall that he is a construction worker and was traveling to New York.
Davis said Sides, 31, also of Cookeville, Tenn., was his significant other, and he didn't realize she had been shot. He said he was sorry and ashamed, and admitted that it was his gun.
Davis played one season of college football at Cumberland University, according to that school’s sports information director. He was an offensive lineman who played just one season before a back injury sidelined him, according to the team’s coaching staff.
The sports information director said a coach said Davis’ father moved from Florida and worked in Cookeville, Tenn., which is about 45 minutes from Cumberland University. The university said Davis stayed in school a little while longer after his playing days ended.
Davis was booted out of the U.S. Marines after 18 months and finished as a private, according to records provided by the Marines.
Davis served from Nov. 18, 2012 until June 5, 2014, and his date of rank was changed to private on Feb. 25, 2014. His specialty was listed as a field artillery cannoneer and his last assignment was at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was not deployed overseas.
“Conrad Davis’ premature discharge and rank at the time of discharge are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards,” a Marines public affairs officer wrote in an email. “Due to the associated administrative processes, further details are not releasable.”