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Cop Cleared For Shooting Suspect Who Rammed Him With Car

Toledo, OH – The Sylvania Township police officer who fatally shot the domestic violence suspect who hit him with a car and pinned him against his patrol vehicle will not face criminal charges in connection with the incident.

A Lucas County grand jury declined to indict Sylvania Township Police Officer Logan Hosley on Wednesday in connection with the June 8 officer-involved shooting of 26-year-old Devontay Bryant, according to WTVG.

The chain of events that led up to the attack on Officer Hosley began at approximately 4 a.m. on June 8, when police received a report that two women had been assaulted in a domestic violence incident at a residence located in the 6000-block of Black Oak Drive, WTVG reported at the time.

When officers arrived at the scene, they determined Bryant had assaulted his girlfriend and a second woman, who was bleeding from the mouth, Sylvania Township Police Chief Paul Long told WNWO.

Bryant, who was intoxicated, fled the scene in his girlfriend’s vehicle and refused to pull over when police tried to stop him.

“The suspect failed to stop for the officer when lights and sirens were activated and fled northbound U.S. 23,” Chief Long told WNWO. “No pursuit was initiated at that time, per department policy—it was a known suspect, so we didn’t want to endanger anybody else.”

The victims were afraid Bryant would return to the residence, so Officer Hosley agreed to remain at the scene as a precaution, police said.

The suspect soon returned to the home as predicted.

When he drove up, Officer Hosley exited his patrol car in order to speak with him, WTVG reported.

Bryant responded by turning his vehicle toward the officer and stomping on the accelerator, police said.

The suspect vehicle slammed into the patrol car, pinning Officer Hosley between the vehicles.

“The suspect accelerated his car toward the officer, striking the officer’s driver door and continuing down the side of the police car,” Chief Long told WNWO. “The officer was pinned and trapped between his door and the car frame.”

Officer Hosley fired his duty weapon at Bryant multiple times while he was trapped between the vehicles, hitting the suspect at least nine times in the shoulder, bicep, and neck areas, according to police.

Despite his gunshot wounds, the intoxicated suspect continued to drive the vehicle, crashing into multiple parked cars before he finally came to a stop, WNWO reported.

Officer Hosley, a two-year department veteran, was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for leg injuries and sent home to recover.

Bryant later succumbed to his gunshot wounds.

Chief Long said police had dealt with Bryant and his girlfriend more than a dozen times in the nine months leading up to the officer-involved shooting, WNWO reported.

Bryant’s girlfriend was even arrested for abusing him during at least one of those instances.

“Calls ranging from domestic violence, assault, keep the peace, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, so yes, he’s well known,” Chief Long told WNWO. “It’s an address we’ve responded to quite a bit.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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