DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Police in Dayton, Ohio say a suspect in a stabbing stole a police cruiser and crashed it into a van carrying children, killing two of them.
In all, 10 people, including the suspect, were sent to hospitals.
The incident began Monday night when police were called to a home where a man, Lloyd Walters, had been stabbed in the head, face, arms and chest.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says Walters told officers he’d been stabbed by his son, Raymond Walters Jr., and that Raymond took off in a black 1999 Chevy truck.
Later, officers responded to a scene where a truck hit a tree.
They attempted to talk to the driver, but he tried to flee on foot. Officers Tased him but that was ineffective.
Chief Biehl says that’s when the driver got into a police cruiser and took off toward downtown Dayton at speeds reaching 101 mph.
Officers would later determine the man who took the SUV matched the description of the stabbing suspect from earlier in the evening.
The suspect in the police vehicle ran a red light and collided with an Acura SUV with three people inside. The cruiser then hit a Honda Odyssey with seven children and one adult inside.
The Honda Odyssey had just pulled away from the curb at the Dayton Metro Library. The two victims were passengers in the minivan.
According to the Dayton Daily News, they were identified as Eleanor McBride of Huber Heights and Penelope Jasko of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner. Both were 6 years old.
Another child remains in critical condition, according to police.
Police say the suspect’s vehicle reached an estimated 97 mph on impact with the Acura and the Honda Odyssey.
The cruiser broke into several pieces.
Chief Biehl says Raymond Walters Jr. has a substantial criminal record and most recently had been paroled for robbery in 2017.
He is stable and in the hospital.