- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The FBI’s investigation of a white bus driver’s report that he was shot and stabbed in an attack by three black men found no evidence of a hate crime, an FBI spokesman said.

Rickey Wagoner told police he was outside his Greater Dayton Regional Transportation Authority bus in February when the men assaulted him. He said a religious book in his shirt pocket blocked two bullets, and one hit his leg. He also said he was stabbed in the arm. A police report also said that Wagoner told authorities he grabbed the gun and shot at the fleeing men.

Police said Wednesday that they had closed their investigation after concluding that evidence and testing didn’t support Wagoner’s story.

The FBI, which investigated the case as a possible hate crime, also has concluded its investigation after determining that no there was no evidence that a hate crime occurred, Todd Lindgren, a spokesman for the FBI office in Cincinnati, said in an emailed statement.

No criminal charges have been filed.

The RTA said Wednesday that it has charged Wagoner with violating its employee performance standards and a hearing will be held.

A recording at a listing for Wagoner, 49, wasn’t accepting new messages this week.

Police did extensive testing, including simulating the shots fired into the book.

Police Chief Richard Biehl said that 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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