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Connor Betts high on drugs, 2 victims hit by police

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One victim of the mass shooting was struck by two bullets fired by police after she was dying from a gunshot fired by the shooter, officials said.
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CINCINNATI – One victim of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was struck by two bullets fired by police after she was dying from a shot fired by the gunman, Connnor Betts, Montgomery County’s coroner said Thursday.

Kent Harshbarger said the first round that struck her was the lethal round, and it was from Betts’ gun.

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At a news conference, Harshbarger said he determined that “by positioning, by pathway, by evaluating the scene, (and) the video evidence.”

He said the bleeding process had started, and she was on the ground when she was struck by the two bullets fired by police.

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Officials did not specify which victim it was, other than to say it was a woman.

A second victim sustained a “superficial” gunshot wound from police, Harshbarger said. That person was shot multiple times by Betts, he said.

The coronoer also said toxicology results showed Betts had cocaine, alcohol and the prescription drug Xanax in his system. The concentrations had not been determined.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl talked about the victims’ families, saying: “I express my deepest condolences for their loss and profound regret for any actions taken by members of the Dayton Police Department resulting in any harm to their loved ones.”

Of the 17 injured, Biehl said it is believed none was shot by police. One small projectile fragment has not yet been matched to a firearm, he said.

Betts suffered at least 24 gunshot wounds, Harshbarger said. After being shot, Biehl said, Betts tried at least twice to get up. Officers, Biehl said, are trained to use force until a threat has ended.

“He is still armed, he still has significant firepower,” Biehl said. “Until he is separated from his firepower, lethal force is warranted.”

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Earlier this week, Biehl would not confirm if all the victims of the shooting were killed or shot by Betts. He said the coroner would examine that issue.

Ten people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting in the Oregon District. Officials on Tuesday updated the casualty list to 17 wounded by gunfire.

Betts, 24, of Bellbrook was shot and killed by police 32 seconds after the shooting began. He was armed with .223-caliber “assault-style” weapon and had body armor and extra magazines,according to officials.

On Aug. 9, the coroner released preliminary causes of deathfor the victims and the gunman.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Monica E. Brickhouse, 39, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds.
  • Nicholas P. Cumer, 25, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds.
  • Derrick R. Fudge, 57, was killed by gunshot wounds of the torso.
  • Thomas J. McNichols Sr., 25, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds.
  • Lois L. Oglesby, 27, was killed by gunshot wound of the head.
  • Saeed S. Edris, 38, was killed by gunshot wounds of the torso.
  • Logan M. Turner, 30, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds.
  • Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36, was killed by gunshot wounds of the torso and right arm.
  • Megan Betts, 22, was killed by gunshot wounds to the chest and right arm.
  • Connor S. Betts, 24, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds.

Follow Sarah Brookbank and Kevin Grasha on Twitter: @SarahBrookbank and @kgrasha

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