We are saddened to announce that on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, that our community was left in dismay when a work place violence event occurred. At approximately 8:01 AM the Sidney 911 Center received phone calls reporting of an active shooter at the Sidney Foodtown, 1010 Wapakoneta Ave. At 8:03 AM the first officer arrived on scene and entered into the store through the front doors to address the threat. This officer was armed with a tactical rifle and assumed a tactical position at the front of the store as he started his search for the suspect. Approximately one minute later three more officers armed with tactical rifles arrived on scene. As they entered the building through the front doors to assist in the search they immediately encountered the suspect as he was preparing to exit. During the encounter all four officers gave verbal commands to the suspect to keep his hands up and to get down on the ground. The suspect did not comply with the officers’ instructions and he escalated the situation by brandishing a hand gun from his right side and raising it towards the officers. All four officers engaged the threat by discharging their firearms. The suspect was transported to Wilson Health by Sidney Medics where he was pronounced deceased. No other persons were injured during the incident.
It is believed at this time that the suspect’s primary target of this incident was a female employee who worked at Sidney Foodtown. Prior to police arrival the suspect fired one shot outside from a vehicle before entering the store. Once inside the store it is believed that the suspect fired three more times in the direction of his intended victim.
Because this is a police involved shooting incident the matter has been turned over to Ohio BCI to investigate. The suspect involved in the shooting incident is a Todd I Jordan, age 53, address of 744 Brooklyn Ave Lot 16, Sidney Ohio. The four officers involved have been placed on Administrative Leave pending a review of the incident. They are Officers Jason Viapiano, Andrew Shappie, Aaron Wesbecher and Sergeant Chris Burmeister.
Capt. J A Tangeman
Sidney Police Department