The man would steal the cruiser, and it would be involved in a fatal crash, killing two children and injuring several others, less than 10 minutes later.
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>> FULL COVERAGE: 2 children dead, 10 hurt in crash of stolen Riverside police SUV in Dayton
Two children are dead and one was in critical condition Tuesday after a stabbing suspect allegedly stole a police cruiser and plowed into a van at 97 mph, authorities said.
The “tragic” Monday night crash in Ohio was a “culmination of a series of events,” Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said at a news conference on Tuesday.
The crime spree began when crews were alerted to a man, Lloyd Walters, bleeding from wounds to his head, face, arms and chest, police said.
2 juveniles dead, at least 10 injured after suspect crashes stolen police cruiser
Lloyd Walters said he was trying to take his son, Raymond Walters Jr., for mental health treatment, but his son stabbed him and took off in his truck, police said.
The suspect — Raymond Walters — “gained access” to the responding officers police car before he could be apprehended, Biehl said.
The Riverside officer used a taser, but Raymond Walters still allegedly sped away in the Riverside police cruiser, Biehl said, at one point driving 101 mph.
Video: Two kids killed in high-speed chase involving stolen police car
The suspect ran a red light at 7:22 p.m. and collided with an Acura SUV with three adults inside, police said.
Then the cruiser — going about 97 mph — struck a Honda Odyssey outside a library with seven children and one adult inside, police said.
The collision sent the Honda Odyssey rolling across the street and split the police cruiser into several pieces, authorities said.
12 injured, including children, after stolen police cruiser crashes in Dayton
Detectives will meet with prosecutors to present murder charges, police said, adding that he was on parole for robbery and was released from prison earlier this month
Lloyd Walters was listed in stable condition, police said. Raymond Walters is also in the hospital, police said.