CINCINNATI — Two police officers – one from Green Township and one from Cheviot – fired the shots that wounded a robbery suspect in Westwood Wednesday morning, officials said Friday.
Police Chiefs Jim Vetter of Green Township and Emmett Stone of Cheviot released more details about the shooting and the police chase that preceded it. They said the officers’ names would not be released until the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office completes its investigation.
The suspect, 42-year-old Robert Schneider, was still in critical condition Friday at UC Medical Center with three bullet wounds, according to the chiefs’ news release.
They said the incident started when Schneider robbed cash at gunpoint from a Marathon gas station on Cheviot Road in Green Township, then drove off in a stolen car.
Officers spotted the stolen car a short time later and gave chase. Schneider abandoned the car on Epworth Avenue in Westwood and ran. When officers located him on Geyer Woods Lane, Schneider brandished a handgun and “pointed it directly” at an officer, the release said.
As two officers followed, Schneider ran to the front porch of a home and tried to break in the door, but the resident was able to hold the door shut and keep him out.
When the officers confronted Schneider in the front yard, he continued to brandish the gun and refused the officers’ orders to drop it. That’s when the officers shot Schneider, according to the release.
Police identified Schneider as the suspect in three other recent robberies in Cincinnati and Covington. According to the release, he had six outstanding felony warrants in Ohio and more in Kentucky.
He has been charged with aggravated robbery, fleeing and eluding, auto theft and abduction in Wednesday's incident.