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Sheriff: Officer fired shot at vehicle as man fled traffic stop, driving toward officer

Elmwood Place officer involved shooting
Posted at 12:25 PM, Jan 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-18 21:33:54-05

ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio — An Elmwood police officer fired one shot at a vehicle as a man drove toward him while fleeing a traffic stop Monday night, according to a press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office was called by Elmwood Place's police chief to help with the investigation.

Police said around 11:15 p.m. Monday night, Elmwood Police Officer Kevin Kelsey initiated a traffic stop at Vine and Maple for an "equipment violation." The officer traced the license plate number to 43-year-old Kacfluis Levy. Investigators say Levy was wanted for an open felony warrant for domestic violence.

When Kelsey got out of his cruiser, police said Levy fled on Maple Street for a short distance before he was stopped by a train crossing the road. Kelsey pulled his cruiser up behind the vehicle. Levy then turned his vehicle around and "started traveling towards the Elmwood officer's cruiser," according to the release.

Kelsey drew his service weapon and fired one shot at the vehicle, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said in the press release.

WCPO 9News obtained scanner recordings in which the officer told the dispatcher, "I got shots fired. He just tried to ram my vehicle."
The dispatcher asked, "Were the shots fired yours, or were they armed as well?"
The officer responded, "Shots fired were mine. I fired one time into the driver side front tire. He tried to, uh, ram my vehicle."

Investigators said the driver continued driving about two more miles until a Woodlawn officer stopped them at 39 Glendale St. A woman in in the passenger seat complied. However, investigators said the driver ran. After a search with a police dog, officers found the man connected to the license plate.

Levy will be charged with felonious assault and failure to comply to order or signal of a police officer. He was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.