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Dayton Police Close RTA Driver Case as False
DAYTON -- Police Chief Biehl says the case of the reported assault of an RTA bus driver has been closed after the claims were determined to be false or baseless.
RTA bus driver Rickey Wagoner claimed Feb. 24 he was assaulted by three teens or young men. Biehl said Wednesday, June 19, during a news conference that Wagoner's arm injuries were inconsistent with defensive wounds and more indicative of a self-inflicted injury.
Biehl says investigators performed tests using ballistics gel and the book "The Message" -- credited by Wagoner for saving his life by absorbing two bullets during the struggle -- which determined the book likely would not have stopped two bullets fired at such close range. Another test, the chief said, determined that when investigators fired bullets into the book when placed on asphalt, the bullets stopped within the book.
Biehl says Wagoner's timeline of events during the reported assault do not match up with the evidence found in the surveillance video on the bus. Specifically, Biehl said Wagoner claims being shot three times, then struggling with the assailants, gaining control of the firearm, a Raven Model P-25 .25 cal. handgun, and then firing at the fleeing assailants.
Instead, Biehl says, the audio of the surveillance recording indicates one shot was fired first, with a significant pause between the other shots.
Police Chief to Release Results of RTA Shooting Investigation
DAYTON -- Police Chief Richard Biehl will speak to the media at 2 p.m. today about the outcome of an investigation into the reported felonious assault of an RTA bus driver.
Rickey Wagoner says that on Feb. 24 he was shot twice in the chest and stabbed, but a religious text he had in his pocket stopped the bullets before they caused injury.
Wagoner says three teens or young adults attacked him after he had pulled his RTA bus over and exited the vehicle.
Wagoner says he was able to stab one of the suspects, take the gun away from them and shoot at them as they ran away.
Wagoner is a 10-year RTA employee.
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