Watch Violent Crash of Truck into Ohio Police Cruiser During Chase

Feb. 13, 2024
A Florida man faces multiple felonies after leading police on a chase from Trotwood to Dayton and firing on officers with a rifle before crashing into and landing on top of a cruiser.

By Jen Balduf

Source Dayton Daily News, Ohio

A Florida man shot by Dayton police following a chase and crash from Trotwood to U.S. 35 waived his right to appear for his arraignment.

Bond was set at $250,000 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for 54-year-old James Michael Skirvin, of Venice, Florida, who has been a patient since Jan. 8 at Miami Valley Hospital.

Skirvin is under 24-hour guard and is not allowed visitors besides counsel, according to the document Skirvin signed agreeing to arraignment without his presence that was filed Friday. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf to charges of felonious assault and domestic violence for the domestic incident that led to the chase, crash and officer-involved shooting. His next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13.

Skirvin is accused of hitting his 35-year-old daughter with a pickup truck Jan. 8 following an argument at Voyager Village, a mobile home park off West Third St ( U.S. 35) in Trotwood.

The manager called 911 at 10:53 a.m. to report a woman was struck by a white Ford pickup in front of the office, according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center records.

"This guy just tried to run this lady over with a truck," the manager told a dispatcher. "He ran her over."

The injured woman said it was her father behind the wheel, the manager said.

"She was sitting on the bench at the time," the manager said.

The manager said the driver left but went toward the back of the mobile home park. She was able to identify the driver as Skirvin because she said he just recently filed an application to live in the community.

When Trotwood police arrived and began to aid the woman, the suspect drove past at high speed at 11:05 a.m. and pointed a long gun at the officers, who then tried to catch up for a traffic stop.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Dayton Police Department also responded to assist Trotwood crews.

During the pursuit, Skirvin drove erratically, swerved into oncoming traffic — forcing a Trotwood cruiser to take evasive action to avoid a collision — and fired a rifle at officers out the window of his pickup truck, police said.

Skirvin reportedly drove over tire deflation devices at U.S. 35 West near Liscum Drive, then drove across all west and east lanes and hit a sheriff's cruiser head on and landed on top of a Trotwood police cruiser.

It is not clear how many times Skirvin was hit, but seven Dayton officers, four Trotwood officers and two deputies fired their weapons. None of them have been identified.

Skirvin and the Trotwood officer hurt in the crash were taken to Miami Valley Hospital — Skirvin by ambulance and the officer by cruiser.

The officer's name has not been released, but he is recovering, police said.

The woman injured was treated and released after she was hit, Trotwood police said.

Skirvin has no known local criminal history outside of minor traffic infractions in the Dayton area, police said.

The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson has said his department is conducting an internal investigation.

More charges are expected to be filed against Skirvin once the BCI completes its investigation, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.

U.S. 35 was shut down for more than eight hours between Infirmary Road and Abbey Avenue for the investigation and cleanup.

Staff writer Kristen Spicker contributed to this report.

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