CINCINNATI (AP) — A fleeing suspect was fatally shot by police early Tuesday after he pulled a gun, officials said.
The incident happened after a traffic stop in the Walnut Hills section of the city at about 1 a.m., police officials said. The man, a passenger in an SUV, declined to cooperate with police during the traffic stop and ran off, police said.
Officers struggled with the suspect, and he pulled a pistol, police said. The police said both officers fired at the man, who was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
“A struggle ensued,” Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell told reporters at the scene. “At that point, the officers were able to disengage momentarily ... as the suspect turned, he did produce a firearm. That’s when shots were fired.”
Blackwell said he didn’t know immediately how many shots were fired. He said the officers involved were “a bit shaken up,” but weren’t wounded.
“We don’t come to work and want to have to use deadly force,” he said.
The SUV’s driver was being questioned in custody, and another passenger was being sought.
No names or further details were released immediately. Investigators will study the police cruiser camera footage and any surveillance video available.
A news conference was planned for later Tuesday, Aug. 5.