Thursday, January 25, 2001

Colerain officer shoots suspect

He was responding to a domestic violence report

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A township police officer shot a suspect Wednesday afternoon after responding to a domestic violence call at a residence on Loralinda Drive.

        The suspect, a 29-year-old man whose name had not been released late Wednesday, was in stable condition in University Hospital on Wednesday night, where he was being treated for a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

        Colerain Township Police Chief Ed Phillips said two officers responded to the Loralinda Drive residence about 5 p.m. As the officers entered the residence, they were met by the suspect and “a hostile confrontation” ensued, he said.

        “One of the officers fired one round that struck the subject in the abdomen,” Chief Phillips said.

        As is the normal procedure, the chief has requested that the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office conduct an independent investigation of the officer involved in the shooting.

        The officer, whose name was not released Wednesday night, has been placed on administrative leave, as is normal.

        The suspect, who was staying at the home although it is not thought to be his permanent residence, was the only person injured in the incident, Chief Phillips said. There were several other people inside the home when the shooting occurred, he said.

        No charges had been filed against the suspect as of late Wednesday.

        Chief Phillips, who has been with the Colerain Township department for 14 years, said Wednesday's incident was the first time an officer has shot a suspect during his tenure.


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