DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A white bus driver who told authorities that a religious book in his shirt pocket blocked bullets as he was attacked by three black men has been fired from his job in southwestern Ohio.
Dayton police have said 49-year-old driver Rickey Wagoner's account of being attacked outside his bus in February wasn't supported by evidence and testing. The FBI also says its investigation of the case as a potential hate crime found no evidence.
The executive director of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority says Wagoner was fired Friday. RTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy (DAHN'uh-gee) says the agency's investigation concluded Wagoner fabricated the story and violated RTA standards.
Wagoner's attorney, Jeremiah Denslow, says Wagoner plans to appeal his firing.
No criminal charges have been filed.