3RD UPDATE: More details known in Wilmington shooting

By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



WILMINGTON — Wilmington police have arrested a suspect in a shooting that occurred just after midnight Tuesday in the 200 block of Hawley Avenue.

Police said the suspect, Leon Turner Curtis, 37, of Doan Street in Wilmington, fled the scene shortly after the incident, but Curtis was “taken into custody this morning [Wednesday] after an anonymous tip led our SWAT team to a Columbus Street residence where he was hiding out,” Police Chief Duane Weyand told the News Journal. “He was taken into custody without incident.”

Officers were dispatched at 12:48 a.m. to a report of a disturbance involving a shooting, and found a victim who was shot twice — once in the leg and once in the abdomen, according to Weyand.

The victim, Nyles Alexander Williams, 27, of Howard Street in Wilmington, was transported via medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital, Weyand said. He said police were told that an argument may have led to the shooting.

A representative of Miami Valley Hospital, when contacted by the News Journal Wednesday morning, confirmed that Williams is still a patient there, but would not give any more information, including his condition.

According to the police report, officers responded to a home in the 400 block of Howard Street, where two people stated that Curtis had shot Williams. “Nyles was sitting in a chair, there was blood on his left knee and his left hip,” a responding officer wrote in the report. “Nyles said Leon Curtis shot him on Hawley Avenue. I asked dispatch to have a squad respond. Nyles said he was walking on Hawley Avenue and Leon came around … and shot twice, hitting him in the left knee and hip.”

Williams told police that, just prior to the shooting, Curtis, who was holding a ski mask, told Williams “something to the effect that ‘It’s happening tonight’.”

Williams said he (Williams) was walking down Grant Street and onto Hawley Avenue and could hear someone running through the bushes. He said Curtis, now wearing the ski mask, soon came up to him, made a threat, and then shot him.

The victim said he ran to another house and asked a woman to drive him to the Howard Street residence.

Weyand said that the suspect, Curtis, “is currently wanted from Ohio Adult Parole and we have charges on him stemming from the shooting,” including aggravated assault, according to the WPD report.


By Tom Barr