Police seek man suspected of shooting at officer in Kroger parking lot

No one was injured; suspect wanted
Posted at 3:18 PM, Nov 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 06:31:24-05

CINCINNATI -- Police are looking for a man suspected of firing shots at a police officer in a Kroger parking lot, according to Springfield Township Police.

Police said an officer stopped Ronald Foster for a traffic violation in the Hartwell Kroger parking lot at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Foster got out of his 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and fired one shot at the officer. The officer returned fire, but no one was injured.

Foster then fled on foot into a wooded area near the rear of the store, according to police. Foster is wanted on a felonious assault charge.

Police said residents should take “necessary precaution,” as they do not yet have Foster in custody.

Police have not yet released the name of the officer or how many shots the officer fired. 

Gary King said he had just finished grocery shopping when he saw the police officer pointing a gun at a man who was running across the parking lot. He said the incident was the scariest thing he has ever experienced.

“I burned my tires getting out of here and didn’t look back,” King said.

Lt. Steve Saunders, Cincinnati police spokesman, said his department helped the Springfield Township Police Department. A street just south of the store is the boundary between the city and the township.

The Wyoming Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office also had officers at the scene. A K-9 unit also was called to the area.

The store is located on Vine Street near Galbraith Road.

Anyone with information on the suspect or incident should call the Springfield Township Police Department at 513-729-1300 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.