Man indicted, accused of trying to kill police in Warren County shootout

A Middletown police officer was shot after a pursuit that began in Fairfield on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, ended in a crash and shots fired on Mason- Montgomery Road in Turtlecreek Twp. in Warren County. The officer shot was identified as Dennis Jordan, who was shot in the arm and finger, according to a city of Middletown spokeswoman. He was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown with injuries that were described as not life-threatening.

Middletown police Chief David Birk said the suspect they were chasing was wanted related to a Hamilton homicide investigation. He did not identify the suspect, but a city spokeswoman said he was also injured and was taken to West Chester Hospital. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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A Middletown police officer was shot after a pursuit that began in Fairfield on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, ended in a crash and shots fired on Mason- Montgomery Road in Turtlecreek Twp. in Warren County. The officer shot was identified as Dennis Jordan, who was shot in the arm and finger, according to a city of Middletown spokeswoman. He was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown with injuries that were described as not life-threatening. Middletown police Chief David Birk said the suspect they were chasing was wanted related to a Hamilton homicide investigation. He did not identify the suspect, but a city spokeswoman said he was also injured and was taken to West Chester Hospital. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

A 11-count indictment was returned Monday by a Warren County grand jury against Christopher J. Hubbard for allegedly trying to kill police officers in an Aug. 31 shootout.

Officer Dennis Jordan of the Middletown Division of Police and Hubbard were shot shortly before 5 p.m. after a pursuit that began in the area of 18th Avenue in Middletown and ended in the 2600 block of Mason-Montgomery Road in Turtlecreek Twp.

Jordan was shot in the arm, finger and right leg. He was released from the hospital a day later and returned to light duty.

Hubbard, 36, received multiple gunshot wounds when eight officers returned fire, according to officials. He was released from University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is now back in prison on a probation violation.

No cases involving the eight officers were presented to a grand jury after Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the investigation determined they acted appropriately.

Fornshell said Monday that Hubbard has been indicted for attempted murder and felonious assault for allegedly shooting Jordan, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault for allegedly shooting at Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Barger and attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault for allegedly shooting at Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Brett Lee.

Those charges also carry firearm specifications, which can add three to seven years to the sentence if Hubbard is found guilty. He also was indicted for two counts of having weapons under disability, failure to comply, improper handling of a firearms in a motor vehicle and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of assaulting a police dog.

Jordan’s dog, Koda, attempted to apprehend Hubbard while he sat in a the car. The police dog was not hit by gunfire.

Christopher J. Hubbard OHIO DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION ANC CORRECTION
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Christopher J. Hubbard OHIO DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION ANC CORRECTION

Fornshell said Hubbard faces a maximum sentence in excess of 60 years in prison if convicted.

The chase and shooting incident, which as caught on video by cruiser cameras, was investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Investigation because there were multiple jurisdictions involved. The Ohio Highway Patrol, Butler County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfield Police Department also had a part in the incident.

Fornshell said based on the investigation, there is no indication of wrongdoing on the part of officers. He said Hubbard shot first, striking Jordan, and eight officers returned fire. Hubbard was hit between 10 and 13 times. Video evidence made the sequence of events clear, he said.

“This was not a situation where we believe there was any legal or factual basis to present any charges against any of the officers who were involved in the officer-involved shooting,” Fornshell said.

While he cannot legally say what was presented to the grand jury, Fornshell said he made the decision.

Hamilton police detectives were attempting to find Hubbard because he had an open parole violation and he was wanted for questioning in an ongoing homicide investigation, Fornshell said. They did find him and attempted to make a traffic stop. Hubbard then fled from the traffic stop and Fornshell said that’s when the pursuit began.

Five Butler County deputies, one Middletown officer, one Fairfield officer and one trooper exchanged gunfire with Hubbard, according to Fornshell. Jordan did not fire his weapon.

“He was struck, it appears, before the other law enforcement officers fired,” Fornshell said. “Officer Jordan goes down, and as he’s going down, that’s when the other officers began to exchange fire with Hubbard.”