Third CPD Officer-Involved Shooting Under Investigation

Sep 11, 2019

Cincinnati Police are investigating the third officer-involved shooting of 2019.

Chief Eliot Isaac says just after noon on Wednesday the department's gang unit "encountered" a man in the 900 block of Blair Avenue in Avondale.

"During that encounter, the individual produced a firearm. One of the officers, wearing the uniform of the day, did fire one shot. The individual was struck in the torso," Isaac says.

The man was transported to University Hospital and taken into surgery.

Isaac says a firearm was recovered at the scene.

More details are expected to be released Thursday morning. Isaac briefed the media approximately an hour after the shooting and said investigators had not had a chance to review any body camera or other footage.

"There's been some recent violence in the Avondale area. I've directed officers to give additional attention and they were following that directive," Isaac says. "There's a lot of violence taking place in the communities right now. It is our responsibility to try to address that. We've had a lot of community support. I've been in contact with a lot of community leaders and they are very supportive of our efforts."

Isaac says "We want to make sure that we're providing the type of policing that the community asks for. Unfortunately, there are individuals at times who cause these things to escalate."

On July 4, officers wounded a man who charged at them with a knife in Madisonville. On July 17, officers shot a woman with a knife who was trying to force her way into an East Price Hill apartment. Both people survived and no officers were hurt in any of the events.

On July 31, officers from Cheviot and Green Township shot a robbery suspect after a chase in Westwood. Robert Schneider, 46, died from his injuries at a hospital.