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Police chief: ‘We are sick and tired of individuals who want to terrorize neighborhoods’

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Twice in three days, several shots were fired at a home in the 800 block of 11th Avenue in Middletown, according to police.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said his department is on “a zero tolerance mission” following several shootings in the city’s South End.

He wrote on the department’s Facebook page that the city has had “a rash of shootings.”

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Since the first shooting occurred, one being a fatality, he has had detectives assigned to the crime and they have been doing interviews, building cases and tying together the loose ends for prosecution.

Also, he wrote, patrol officers are going door to door, stopping vehicles and “connecting the dots” to assist detectives.

He wrote the department has assigned a task force to “saturate problem areas” in the city that have been plagued by two groups of people who have been committing the crimes.

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“We are sick and tired of individuals who want to terrorize neighborhoods by shooting guns at those they are feuding with,” he wrote. “Someone innocent is going to get hurt and they could care less. Tired of hearing, ‘They are good people who are making mistakes.’ Good people don’t drive down the street spraying the neighborhoods with bullets. Get mad all you want, good people don’t act like this. We know drug trafficking is the main factor behind it. Again, nothing good comes out of this. The streets have been generally quiet for a while and then this happens.”

He encouraged anyone with information to come forward and assist police in their investigation.

“There is no glory in hiding information and people who are doing this,” Muterspaw wrote. “There is nothing glamorous about covering someone who is shooting up streets because they are don’t like someone else. Our goal is to put them in prison for a long, long time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 513-425-7749 and leave information. If you want to speak to a detective, call 513-425-7737.