Police officer shot in Walnut Hills returns home from hospital

Police officer shot in Walnut Hills returns home from hospital
Posted at 1:06 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 13:14:46-04

CINCINNATI -- Officer Kenneth Grubbs was discharged from University of Cincinnati Medical Center Tuesday, two days after he was shot in the line of duty.

Police said Damion McRae, 37, shot Grubbs in the abdomen outside a Gilbert Avenue apartment complex between Taft Road and Lincoln Avenue in Walnut Hills.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley called the shooting an attempted "assassination" and "ambush."

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Emergency crews took Grubbs and McRae to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for surgery. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries. Still, Grubbs has a long recovery ahead of him, police union president Sgt. Dan Hils said.

"His injury is a very painful injury. It's a very painful injury, and it's going to take some time to recover," Hils said. "He's not going to be able to go back to work. There's going to be some time involved in healing, not only physically, but emotionally."

Damion McRae

Grubbs has been involved in on-duty shootings in the past, Isaac said. He joined the Cincinnati Police Department in 1998.

"I don't know the specifics, but I know he has been involved in officer-involved shootings," Isaac said. "But he works in District 4, and they have a lot of violence." 

McRae is charged with attempted murder and gun charges.