COVINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky State Police announced Friday that it is handling the investigation into an incident that led Covington Police to shoot a man after he fired shots at officers Thursday night. The man shot by police died from his injuries Friday, KSP said.
Officers with the Covington Police Department shot a man Thursday evening after he shot at police in the 3000 block of Frazier Street during a standoff.
We could hear glass windows being broken at the stand-off on Frazier Street in Covington. About 30 seconds to a minute later we heard several shots fired. @WCPO— Josh Bazan (@JoshBazan) June 18, 2021
Authorities were called to Frazier Street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday for a report of a suicidal subject with a gun. The man started shooting at officers as soon as they arrived on scene. No police officers were injured, but bullets did strike at least one police cruiser.
By 11 p.m., police were gathered outside a Frazier Street home and attempting to negotiate with a man inside.
Law enforcement vehicles blocked many nearby intersections, including the Decoursey Avenue entrance to East 31st Street.
Intersection is blocked at W 30th and Decoursey Ave in Covington. You can see large group of first responders in the gas station parking lot. @WCPO pic.twitter.com/OcjnyL0U6A— Josh Bazan (@JoshBazan) June 18, 2021
Neighbors in the area said they’d heard five or six gunshots nearby in rapid succession.
The SWAT team breached the door of the residence before taking the suspect into custody.
Assistant Covington Police Chief Lt. Col. Brian Valenti said the suspect was struck an unknown number of times but was alive when he was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Officers and deputies from the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office, Independence Police Department and the Kenton County Police Department joined Covington officers to assist with the incident.