Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Suspect shot after pointing gun, police say

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A 30-year-old man police were looking for was shot by a Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy Tuesday afternoon.

        Brian Woods was wounded after he pointed a handgun at police officers in the parking lot of an apartment on Robroy Drive., said Steve Barnett, spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

        “Our man fired three shots,” Mr. Barnett said. “The officer had no alternative at that time but to shoot.”

        The suspect shouted “shoot me, shoot me” before pointing the handgun at the officer, Mr. Barnett said.

        Two of the three shots fired by Cpl. Roy Schooley, a veteran officer, hit the suspect, wounding him in the neck and the arm, Mr. Barnett said. Mr. Woods was transported to University Hospital for treatment of his wounds, which were not believed to be life-threatening. His condition was not immediately available.

        The shooting occurred at 5:38 p.m. in a rear parking lot in the 3500 block of Robroy Drive.

        Angelique Greaves, 30, and boyfriend Rick Eldridge, 29, looked out their rear bedroom window to the parking lot after they heard a helicopter hovering above just in time to see the shooting.

        They said they saw the suspect attempting to drive out of the parking lot before he was blocked by police cruisers. Two officers with guns drawn approached the suspect's car as he exited the vehicle.

        “All of a sudden you heard him shout "Shoot me, shoot me,'” Ms. Greaves said. “We ducked when we hear the shots.”

        Mr. Barnett said that about 7 a.m. Tuesday, the suspect had broken into his former girlfriend's apartment on Ponderosa Drive in Mount Airy. He allegedly dragged the woman from the bedroom into the living room and threatened her before leaving.

        The suspect had three handguns and a gym bag with ammunition in it, Mr. Barnett said.

        About 4:30 p.m., a Green Township officer spotted the suspect's vehicle in the rear parking lot on Robroy, Mr. Barnett said.

        Officers and deputies secured the area and were waiting for the sheriff's office's Special Response Team to handle the arrest of the suspect when Mr. Woods exited the building and got in his car.

        After police cruisers blocked his exit from the parking lot, “he exited the vehicle and pointed a 9mm weapon at the officer,” Mr. Barnett said.

        Greg Admakiewicz, 26, who lives in the apartment complex, said the suspect was staying with a couple who live there. He described Mr. Woods a “ a pretty nice guy who was distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend.”

        Charges are pending against Mr. Woods.


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