Trotwood Man Charged In Connection With Shooting At VA Medical Center
Public Affairs Officer
DAYTON, OHIO – A two-count criminal complaint charging Neil Richard Moore, 59, of Trotwood, Ohio with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime of violence has been filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton. The complaint alleges that Moore shot an individual at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton on May 5, 2014.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Kevin Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office (FBI), Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl and Glenn Costie, Director of the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC) announced the complaint today.
According to an affidavit supporting the complaint, Moore allegedly shot an employee of the VAMC with a .38 caliber revolver after confronting him in the basement of a building at the medical center. During a struggle with employees, the handgun discharged multiple times with one shot striking the victim in the leg. Moore then allegedly fled the scene in an elevator where he encountered another individual and pointed the handgun at this person.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000.
Moore appeared before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington today for an initial appearance on the complaint. Moore is being held without bond. Magistrate Judge Ovington scheduled a detention hearing for May 9 at 1:30 and a preliminary hearing for May 20.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the prompt response to the reports of the active shooter to the FBI, Dayton Police and other law enforcement agencies including the VA Police Services, Montgomery County Sheriff Philip Plummer’s Office, the VA Office of Inspector General, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, the Five Rivers Metro Parks Police Department, the Good Samaritan Hospital Police, and the Kettering Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dwight Keller and Brent Tabacchi are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.