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No Indictment In Hamilton Officer-Involved Shooting

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A Butler County Grand Jury has returned a "no indictment" decision in the case of a fatal officer-involved shooting Aug. 22.

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed 34-year-old Kelley Brandon Forte as police say he charged at the officer with a knife.

Police were responding to reports of a Walgreen's robbery where a pharmacist was being held at knifepoint.

In a release, prosecutor Michael Gmoser says the Grand Jury returned its verdict after reviewing evidence including the surveillance tape, witness testimony and statements, and the coroner's report.

In releasing the decision, Gmoser writes, "Any would-be assailant threatening or using deadly force in the commission of a crime should consider that upon being confronted in the act by police, a failure to immediately surrender may result in the application of justified deadly force by police."

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.