DNR officers recognized for shooting response

The Veterans Administration recently recognized three Ohio DNR officers for assistance in responding to a shooting incident at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Dayton. 

Ohio Division of Wildlife officer Trent Waver, Park Officer Chris Mack, and Watercraft Officer Chris Lamb received plaques on behalf of the ODNR. 

The ODNR officers were among first responders to the May 5 non-fatal shooting and helped clear the building.

"After personally witnessing the heroic response of our staff police force and law-enforcement partners, I can honestly say that I feel safer today then before the shooting took place," wrote Glenn Costie, former chief executive officer of the medical center in a thank you letter issued to media. 

Law enforcement agencies responding to the shooting included the FBI, Dayton and Kettering police, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division, Five Rivers Metro Parks Police Department, Good Samaritan Hospital Police.

Weaver said he was among the first responders to the scene and worked with smaller teams of sheriff's deputies and Dayton police officers to search the hospital from room to room. 

"I thought it went pretty well," Weaver said of the response by a number of different police agencies.

Weaver said a debriefing was held after the incident, and there was some discussion of the need for officers from state and county agencies to be able to communicate on the same radio frequency and others saw the need for protective helmets for first responders to such active shooter calls. 

Neil  Moore, 59, a former employee at the medical center, had gone to the medical center to confront two former co-workers whom he believed were having an inappropriate relationship with Moore's wife and daughter, according to court filings. Moore's wife and daughter reportedly work at the medical center, court  filings showed.

Moore.was arrested after the shooting and pleaded guilty to a federal charge of assaulting a federal employee with a .38-caliber handgun. The gun discharged during a scuffle and wounded an employee in the leg. Sentencing is set for December. 

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