6 days, 3 shootings, 2 deaths: An active week in Middletown

Middletown has seen its third shooting in less than a week with two deaths and a teenage girl seriously injured.

The Butler County city’s latest shooting death happened Friday evening as city police have accused a man of shooting another over a dispute.

Middletown Police first released a statement asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect, whom they described as “armed and dangerous” but by late Saturday morning they announced an arrest in the deadly shooting that left 28-year-old William Ray Riley dead.

Police said they arrested Jason Halcomb on Church Street and said the suspected gun used in Riley’s death was recovered.

Halcomb remains in police custody.

Earlier in the week, police were busy investigating two other shootings.

On Thursday evening Middletown police investigated the shooting of a 17-year-old girl overnight and are searching for a suspect.

The shooting, which took place in 1300 block of Young Street, saw the teenage girl who was wounded by gunfire first transported to Atrium Medical Center and then flown by medical helicopter to another facility in serious condition, police said.

Investigators are searching for Daniel Calhoun, 19, as a suspect in the incident, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Middletown police at 513-425-7700 or Detective Ken Mynhier at 513-425-7720

And on Thursday a Middletown man and a 16-year-old boy were incarcerated and charged with murder in Monday night’s shooting death in the city.

The teen was booked into the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center about 4 p.m. Thursday.

He appeared in juvenile court Friday morning and was ordered to stay in the detention center until his pre-trial hearing on May 28, according to Rob Clevenger, court administrator.

Police say the teen confessed to shooting John Booker, 36, at a Yankee Road residence in what police say was a dispute over $10.

Detectives were looking for suspect Dhameer Haamid Scott, 24, of Prospect Avenue, all day Tuesday and released his photo asking people to call if they knew his whereabouts. On Wednesday, Scott turned himself into police. He is charged with murder.

A call placed to 911 indicates witnesses at the residence named Scott as the person who shot Booker. A woman reported her son had been shot and was lying in the yard.

“There has been a shooting at my house, I need an ambulance,” the woman told dispatchers. “There was an altercation in the home and he got shot.”

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