DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – At least two kids are dead and ten other people are in the hospital after police say a suspect stole a Riverside Police cruiser and crashed into several other cars near the Dayton Metro Library.
Dayton Police confirmed the fatalities with 2 NEWS Monday night. Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger identified the two six-year-old children who were killed as Eleanor McBride and Penelope Jasko.
They say the incident began following a stabbing at a home off of Xenia Avenue at 7:05 pm. Police say a man was stabbed several times in his home.
The stabbing suspect fled the scene in a red pickup truck, and a short time later, Riverside Police officers responded to reports of a crash on Airway Road where a single vehicle had crashed into a tree.
The driver had gotten out of the vehicle and was somewhere on foot.
At some point, the suspect at that scene got into a Riverside Police cruiser and took off, hit another police vehicle, and headed into downtown Dayton at a high rate of speed.
The stolen cruiser then crashed into at least two other occupied cars and at least 11 people were removed from those vehicles.
Five children were transported and taken to local hospitals, police say. One of those children is in critical condition.
At least five other people were also taken to area hospitals. The severity of their injuries is unknown at this time.
The suspect is in custody and is being treated for his injuries.
Several other parked cars were damaged as well.
Dayton Police blocked off the area to clear the scene and investigate. That area reopened just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The Dayton Fire Department, and Harrison Township EMS responded to the scene as well.
Riverside Police say that two officers involved in the incident are being treated for minor injuries.
Police did issue a call for backup shortly before the incident occurred, but it was canceled soon after.