Police: Officer shot at suspect retrieving gun

Posted at 11:45 PM, Nov 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-12 23:45:04-05

CINCINNATI – A police sergeant's shot grazed a suspect's leg in West Price Hill Thursday afternoon.

Officers got a report of a man with a gun in the 4400 block of West Eighth Street, near the corner of Hermosa Avenue, at about 3:36 p.m. They spotted two men who matched the description in an apartment building, police said.

One of the men retrieved a gun, and the sergeant -- described as a department veteran -- fired a shot, grazing the man's leg, Acting Chief Elliot Isaac said. The other man attempted to flee out a window.

The man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said. They had two men in custody.

No officers were injured.

The incident was still under investigation.

What Happens Next

When a Cincinnati police officer discharges his or her firearm, a five-person Firearm Discharge Board conducts a comprehensive review at the chief's discretion. That review must be completed 90 days after it begins.

The five members of the Firearm Discharge Board include a Cincinnati police command staff officer, the Training and Development Section commander, the Tactical Coordination Unit commander, the affected bureau commander, and an attorney from the City Solicitor's Office.

If a criminal investigation must occur, the Firearm Discharge Board's review will start after the investigation or court proceedings are finished.

How They're Trained

Cincinnati police recruits spend hundreds of hours going through "shoot and don't shoot" scenarios that test their reaction and decision making skills. Live actors -- people who play bad guys with knives and guns -- help recruits learn how to de-escalate a tense scenario and also how to react when things become worse than they started.

Officers are trained to shoot a suspect only when they're about to cause serious physical injury or death to the officer or people around the officer.

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