• Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Murder suspect shot and killed by Cincinnati police officer

Suspect was wanted in connection to recent murder

By: TJ Caudill

COVINGTON, Ky. — Cincinnati police say one of its officers shot someone in Covington Monday morning, and multiple sources tell WCPO that person is dead.

Cincinnati Police Department Interim Chief Theresa Theetge confirmed the shooting to WCPO in the area of 18th and Garrard streets in Covington. Sources tell WCPO the person tha was shot and killed was wanted in connection to a recent murder.

According to Queen City FOP Lodge #69 President Dan Hils, members of CPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Squad were in Covington looking for a murder suspect. The murder happened in Hamilton County, but Hils said the suspect had family in Covington.

Cincinnati and Covington officers went to a family member of the suspect’s home to ask questions about where the suspect might be hiding, but Hils said officers did not know the suspect was currently at the home. When officers approached the house, the suspect ran out the back door and at officers with a loaded revolver in his hand, Hils said. Officers ordered the suspect to drop the gun, but Hils said the suspect refused to comply and kept running at officers. Hils said that is when officers shot the suspect.

“While the loss of life is always tragic, this shows the terrible danger police officers face every day. A situation that began as just asking a family member a few questions quickly became a deadly threat to officers’ lives,” Hils said.

Cincinnati police said Kentucky State Police would handle the investigation.

Hils’ full statement is below:

“Today, members of CPD’s fugitive apprehension squad were looking for information about a convicted felon wanted for murder in Hamilton County. CPD officers, in full cooperation with the Covington Police Department, went to a family member of the suspect’s home simply to ask questions about where the suspect might be hiding. Officer didn’t know the suspect was in the home. When the officers approached the house, the suspect came out the back door and ran at the officers with a loaded revolver in his hand. The suspect ignored orders to drop the gun and continued running at officers who were forced to defend the obvious threat to their lives. The officers followed their training and CPD policy and shot the suspect.While the loss of life is always tragic, this shows the terrible danger police officers face every day. A situation that began as just asking a family member a few questions quickly became a deadly threat to officers’ lives. Although the Kentucky State Police will handle the investigation, the FOP is confident that these brave officers defended their lives and the lives of the Covington Police officers.”

Dan Hils, President of Queen City FOP Lodge #69

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati.