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Bus driver 'saved by Bible' update

Bus Driver's Bullet-Blocking Book Tale Is 'Not True': Police

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A white bus driver's story that a religious book in his shirt pocket blocked bullets as he was attacked by three black men isn't supported by evidence and testing, Dayton police said Wednesday as they closed the case, which had been investigated as a possible hate crime.

Rickey Wagoner, 49, told police he was outside his city bus Feb. 24 when men assaulted him. He said that two bullets hit the inch-thick book containing Bible verses and that one hit his leg and that he was stabbed in the arm, according to a police report. The report also said Wagoner told police he grabbed the gun and shot at the fleeing men.

Wagoner had told police that the assailants were black and that he thought the attack might have been a gang initiation.

But his account wasn't found to be factual, Police Chief Richard Biehl said at a news conference.

"This assault, as reported, is not true, not accurate," Biehl said. Police did not say Wagoner made up the story and didn't explain why he would have made the report. Biehl did say it appeared Wagoner owed on back taxes.

A recording at a phone listing for Wagoner said the voice mail could not accept more messages.

No criminal charges have been filed. But the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority said Wednesday that it has charged Wagoner with violating its employee standards.

Police did extensive testing, including simulating the shots fired into the book. Biehl said it wasn't credible to believe that bullets didn't pass through the book into Wagoner.

Biehl also said that only Wagoner's DNA was found at the scene and that his injuries weren't consistent with defensive wounds.

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debij June 19 2014 at 4:52 PM

Maybe instead of carrying around the book, he should have read it.

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cef911f1 June 19 2014 at 4:32 PM

A yes, another good christian.

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cazsue June 19 2014 at 4:51 PM

Religoids will just say the devil messed with the evidence. Like the devil planted fossils. LOL!

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kelly.kitman cazsue June 19 2014 at 11:27 PM

LOL? Not at this terrible joke!

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fUK U cazsue June 20 2014 at 6:58 AM

grow a pair

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ectullis June 19 2014 at 7:17 PM

A half/black man has been lieing to us for years.

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orion15stars June 19 2014 at 5:03 PM

Be interesting to know how many gullible people, particularly racists, bought into what could not possible have happened, because ballistics science says so. All to pay his back taxes he avoided paying on time when he owned them.

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Gordon June 19 2014 at 6:44 PM

His lie was racially motivated.

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Mike June 19 2014 at 6:18 PM

Christians lie too much. That's why Jesus left.

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belldn3 June 19 2014 at 8:25 PM

Yet another white man lying on black males to get out of trouble that they are in, typical white trash.

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HI BEAUTIFUL belldn3 June 20 2014 at 2:23 AM

While that sometimes does happen, this story sounded more believable that it could have happened. I have seen such events in person and each is egged on by the other kids.

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jsanto7134 HI BEAUTIFUL June 20 2014 at 9:51 AM

So, 'sounding like it could have happened' is enough for you. Fantastic.

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kertbert belldn3 June 20 2014 at 12:58 PM

He even looks like white trash. Minimum wage and obese to boot. I wonder if he had any low grade tattoos.

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mommison43 June 19 2014 at 5:06 PM

My daughter works at an inner city Dayton school and was almost assaulted by group of youths while walking to her car after school. The young man approaching her was being cheered on by his friends so he could complete his gang intiation My daughter heard what they were saying; he was to put her in the hospital and take her car. Thankfullly some of her co-workers came out of the building at the moment and scared them off. When I got over the scare of what she was telling me, I asked her if she had called the police. Her response: there was no point, the police don't come when the school calls for help. Things are pretty dangerous in some areas of Dayton, so I am not surpised when things like what happened to the bus driver occur.
Have you heard the report about the man who died after being assaulted at a Dayton bus stop for commenting that the police should be cracking down on the gangs and not homeless people (which was happening in front of him).

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tonden123 June 20 2014 at 1:01 AM

A fat bald white guy....loser

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