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1 in custody after plainclothes police officer fires shot at suspect on Western Hills Viaduct

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Dec 14, 2021

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Police Department said a plainclothes police officer fired one shot on the Western Hills Viaduct Tuesday night, resulting in a suspect's surrender.

Police said in a release that a District 5 Violent Crimes Squad officer followed Kevin Davenport, who was suspected of a drug transaction. Police said the plainclothes officer was in an unmarked car and made a request for assistance with a traffic stop on the suspect. Davenport was suspicious he was being followed before he left his car with a firearm and allegedly approached the plainclothes officer's car, according to police.

CPD said the officer got out of his car, firing one shot because the suspect would not drop his gun. The suspect, who was not hit, "immediately" surrendered and dropped his weapon. Police said both the officer and the suspect were not injured.

"The officer exited his vehicle, identified himself," Lt. Col. Lisa Davis said. "The suspect would not drop the gun at that point. The officer fired one shot, missing the suspect."

Davenport was taken into custody when other officers arrived. He was charged with one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Additional charges are pending.

The department said the Citizen Complaint Authority is aware of the situation. Police have not released the name of the officer, but did say he is a 29-year veteran of the department.

The viaduct was closed for hours as police investigated the incident. All roadways have been reopened.

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