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Cincinnati PD: Officer shoots man in Colerain Township

Man hospitalized, officer placed on administrative leave
Posted at 4:04 PM, Aug 11, 2020

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A Cincinnati police officer shot a man on Compton Road Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the man who had been shot was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Isaac said District Five officers were conducting an investigation in the area and saw someone allegedly engaging in drug sales. He said officers followed the suspect, a man in his 20s, into Colerain on Compton Road with Colerain Police officers initiating a stop.

When officers approached the man's car at the Shell gas station, Isaac said, a struggle happened. One officer discharged a Taser and a Cincinnati Police officer shot the man. It is unclear if the man was armed. He is now at UC Medical Center in stable condition.

Isaac said no officers were injured, and the officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

For witness Kellie Thompson, a last-minute decision to check her phone before getting out of her car may have kept out of harm's way.

"There was one (police officer) that pulled up next to me and then they all just kind of started swarming in after a while,” she said.

Thompson, just a few steps away at the gas station, said she saw first responders administer CPR on the man after the shooting.

"They were tussling. I wasn't out of my car and then I heard a pop," she said.

The Citizen Complaint Authority, Cincinnati's police oversight body, was at the scene Tuesday. Isaac said police will hold a press conference about the shooting Wednesday.