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Police: Man attempted to fire shots at Lockland officer during traffic stop

No one struck by gunfire
Lockland shooting
Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 23:10:26-04

LOCKLAND, Ohio — The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says a Lockland police officer fired shots at a man who allegedly attempted to fire shots at him during a traffic stop.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at 300 Wyoming Ave., according to a release from the sheriff's office, Lockland Police and Cincinnati Police. No one was struck during the shooting, police said.

The man then fled, receiving "assistance from another person" in a vehicle. Undercover officers caught up with the car and suspect a little more than a mile south in Roselawn and ended up crashing at 7901 Reading Rd. The man tried to flee again and was apprehended after a Cincinnati Police officer shocked him with a Taser.

Police identified the man as 22-year-old Dale Allen Smith III, and he was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

Smith has now been charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery, resisting arrest and harassment with a bodily substance.

Previously, Smith had been charged with 10 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts stemming from an incident on March 18, according to Hamilton County court documents. In February 2019, Smith accepted a plea deal for drug trafficking charges and received three years community control. Later that year, he was arrested for aggravated possession of drugs and sentenced to one year in prison.

Nicholas Dickey was working nearby when the shooting occurred.

"Heard a couple pops. I thought it was a train. There was a train nearby. I was told afterward we're going on lockdown, there was a shooting across the street," Dickey said.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at (513) 825-1500.