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Deters Says Kim Shooting Was Not Suicide By Cop

WVXU, Tana Weingartner

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters released investigation findings on the June shooting death of Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim by Trepierre Hummons Wednesday. Deters says Hummons called 911 to lure police to his location and then began shooting. “This is not suicide by cop. It just isn’t,” said Deters.


Officer Sonny Kim was shot three times. Deters says one of the bullets managed to get through a gap in the ribbing in Kim’s bulletproof vest and struck Kim’s pulmonary artery. After Kim was shot and killed next to his cruiser, Hummons was shot and killed by a second police officer who had arrived on the scene, Specialist Thomas Sandmann. 

WVXU Reporter Tana Weingartner joins us for a look at key findings in the investigation.