Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Timeline of chase, shooting

        The minutes leading up to Cincinnati Officer Steve Roach's fatal shooting of Timothy Thomas Saturday morning in Over-the-Rhine:

        2:13 a.m.: Off-duty officers Robert Jones and David Damico are working security at The Warehouse bar, 1313 Vine St., when they spot Mr. Thomas, who is wanted on 14 misdemeanor warrants. They report he is wearing a red bandana and walking on Vine St..

        2:14 a.m.: Mr. Thomas spots them and runs. Officer Damico chases him south on Vine, east on 13th Street, south on Jackson Street, then west on 12th.

        2:15-2:20 a.m.: 12 officers - including Officer Roach - join the search. Officer Roach sees Mr. Thomas jumping a fence as he drives south on Republic St. He jumps from his squad car, gives chase and confronts Mr. Thomas near 1224 Republic.

        2:20: Officer Roach reports he has fired his weapon, "No officer hurt," at 13th and Republic streets.

        2:23: Report of "shots took effect," request for rescue unit.

        2:23-2:29: 9 more officers arrive at scene.

        2:30: Ambulance arrives, takes Mr. Thomas to University Hospital, where he is declared dead.

        Source: Cincinnati Police Division reports.


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