Prosecutors: 18-year-old also charged in East Price Hill murder alongside suspect shot by police in Covington

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Posted at 6:52 PM, Apr 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 23:53:39-04

CINCINNATI — On the same day a Cincinnati police officer shot and killed a suspect in Covington, CPD announced it arrested another man in connection to a murder in East Price Hill.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office said 20-year-old Ali Coulter and 18-year-old Youssouf Niangane robbed and killed Christian Jones on Bassett Road April 6. Jones was giving the two a ride in what police referred to as a bootleg cab or rideshare.

Niangane was arrested April 8 on an open murder warrant. He is currently in the Hamilton County jail on a $1 million bond.

According to police, members of CPD's Fugitive Apprehension Squad were in Covington to speak with Coulter's family. In a statement, CPD said some of the Fugitive Apprehension Squad members were in plain clothes but all wore body cameras that were activated when the shooting happened.

CPD said Coulter ran outside with a loaded gun when officers arrived at his family member's home. Police said officers were "forced to utilize their training to stop a threat" when Coulter continued forward and ignored commands to drop his gun.

"After several commands to drop his weapon, the suspect continued forward, and our officers were forced to utilize their training to stop the threat," CPD said in a statement.

Kentucky State Police, the agency investigating the shooting, said Coulter was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital where he later died.

Jones's mother, Dawn, said she did not recognize the two names. She said she believes they were strangers her son was driving to make some money before he started a new job at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. His background check, she said, cleared the day after he died.

"All I know is he didn't deserve this and I need to know why," Dawn Jones said. "So I will be at every court date that this person has."

Dawn Jones said the last thing she said to her son was to "be careful" while leaving to drive. She said he told her, "I'll be back later."

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