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Friend of woman shot by police in East Price Hill: 'I don't know what triggered today'

Posted at 4:20 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 16:32:07-04

CINCINNATI — When Doris Curtis left her Crestline Avenue home Tuesday afternoon, her friend seemed fine. The other young woman was planning to walk to the park, she said.

Forty-five minutes later, that friend had been shot in the leg by police.

“I pulled up, and the police were outside and she was on the ground,” Curtis said Tuesday night. “It was overwhelming.”

Officers responded to the scene around 3:45 after receiving a report that Curtis’ friend — whose identity had not been made public by midnight — was wielding a knife and appeared suicidal. “A struggle ensued” on the porch when they arrived, according to Chief Eliot Isaac.

It ended with the woman shot and hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Her injuries were not life-threatening, according to Isaac.

It would be about two hours before Curtis was allowed back inside her home, she said.

She acknowledged her friend had a history of mental health problems but said her personality generally was kind, sweet and helpful. Curtis was surprised to see such a sudden shift in less than an hour.

“I’ve been working with her, trying to redirect the behaviors, the way she acts,” she said. “And things have been pretty much going well. I don’t know what triggered today.”