On Thursday, at approximately 6:18 pm the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received 911 calls reporting that an adult male subject armed with an AR15 rifle was in the parking lot of a church located at 4689 Childrens Home-Bradford Road north of Greenville, Ohio. Callers reported that the subject was threatening to harm himself and there were 5 people at the church. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Greenville Police Officers responded to the church and upon arrival found the subject identified as Vincent Veloz, age 25, of Celina, Ohio standing in the parking lot holding a rifle to his head. The church members barricaded themselves in the basement of the church to take cover from the gunman who was outside. Veloz communicated with a 911 dispatcher and deputies arriving on the scene. Deputies found a citizen in the parking lot near the gunman and they moved in to secure the citizen. Veloz retreated into the front entrance of the church while keeping the gun pointed at himself and making demands. Veloz remained on the first level of the church and demanded that anyone from the church to be removed. Deputies were able to escort all citizens from the church and secure them in Sheriff’s vehicles until they were later removed from the premises. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT), Tactical Medics and Crisis Negotiators arrived on the scene and secured the premises from the outside. Crisis Negotiators spoke to Veloz for three hours trying to get him to put down the firearm and surrender. At 9:26 pm Veloz shot himself while inside the church. SRT and Tactical Paramedics immediately moved into the church and secured the scene as they rendered lifesaving care to Veloz. Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were already staged nearby responded to the scene. Veloz was transported by Careflight to a Dayton hospital where he is listed in critical condition at the time of this release. Vincent Veloz has been charged with Aggravated Burglary, a felony of the first degree, for trespassing into the church while possessing a deadly weapon and while the church was occupied by others. The case is still under investigation and will be presented to the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney for review of potentially additional charges.

    It was Monday morning, at approx. 930 AM investigators and officers from the Sidney Police Department executed an Abatement Order at 701 Monroe Street, Sidney Ohio. The Shelby County Common Pleas Court ordered the immediate removal of all persons from the residence due to a continued pattern of drug abuse behavior specifically drug usage, drug trafficking, and drug overdoses. Since October 2019 the Sidney Police Department and other Emergency Services has responded to approx. 43 calls for service. Of these 43 calls 12 were related to drug overdoses with one fatality, 15 undercover drug buys, two drug search warrants, and numerous traffic stops by Sidney Patrol Officers resulting in drug possession arrests of person immediately leaving the Monroe Street residence. Additionally representatives of SAAT (Sidney Addiction Assistance Team) have been at the residence 20 times since 2016 in an attempt to provide drug counseling assistance to various occupants. Monday, officers made contact with four adults, who were located at the residence. All four were allowed time to gather up personal belongings and three dogs before departing the residence. During an inspection a cat was found in the basement along with unsafe conditions with the electrical and sewage systems. A small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia were located inside the residence during the abatement. This Abatement is a continuing effort by the Sidney Police Department to combat a persistent drug abuse and drug trafficking location in Sidney. Information resulting in this effort was derived in part from concerned citizens in that neighborhood. All citizens are asked if they have any information about drug activity to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS). Drug Addiction is a serious condition and not easy to treat alone. Please don’t let the situation get to this point where you lose your home and your loved ones! If you, a family member, or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact call our SAAT team at [email protected] or 937-498-8781.

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