Man shot by officer on I-75 pleads not guilty

Posted at 11:21 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 11:36:30-04

CINCINNATI -- The man seen waving a large knife on I-75 in police body camera video pleaded not guilty to attempted murder on Monday.

Glendale Police Officer Josh Hilling shot Javier Pablo Aleman once on March 29.

Hilling offered to give Aleman a ride, but Aleman declined and proceeded to pull out a knife, police said.

The officer told Aleman to drop the knife multiple times, body camera video shows. Aleman didn't drop the knife and kept repeating "Kill me, just kill me."

WATCH the body camera video in the video player. (WARNING: The video contains language and images some might find disturbing.)

Aleman, 46, was charged with attempted murder following the incident in Glendale. He is also suspected in a fatal stabbing two weeks ago in Maryland.

Baltimore County Police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said Aleman is wanted in connection to the March 17 stabbing death of Victor Adolfo Serrano, 51. Serrano was found suffering multiple stab wounds in the unincorporated community of Dundalk, Maryland. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Aleman was considered a fugitive at the time of the shooting, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and he has no known ties to the Greater Cincinnati area.

Officials said that Hilling had no idea Aleman was a suspect in the Maryland case when he stopped him on I-75. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said Hilling probably "kept a lot of people safe" by stopping Aleman.

“I’m not going to speak for the chief or the sheriff, but Joshua Hilling deserves a medal for what he did,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said.