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Suspect killed by Cincinnati Police

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SPRING GROVE VILLAGE, OH (FOX19) - A suspect has died after he was involved in a shootout with Cincinnati Police.

It all started around 11:15 a.m. when police attempted to pull over a suspect on a traffic stop near the Kroger on Mitchell Ave.

Investigators say the suspect got out of the car and showed a gun, prompting police to fire shots. The suspect was not hit and fled on foot over some railroad tracks and into the area of a car wash near the corner of Spring Grove Avenue and Mitchell, where he was involved in a shootout with a different set of officers.

The suspect was shot by police and was pronounced dead at the scene. Family members have identified him as Randy Ward, Jr.

"These situations evolve very rapidly and officers have to take in information quickly and react," said Police Chief Tom Streicher.

Coroner Dr. O'dell Owens said he died from multiple gunshot wounds, but will perform an autopsy on Wednesday.

Streicher said the next step will be a criminal investigation, which will be handled by the homicide unit. There will also be an administrative investigation by the Internal Investigative Section, and the Citizens for Planned Authority will also launch an investigation.

The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released. They are on administrative leave, which is standard policy. There is no word on how many shots were fired.

Investigators say there are several surveillance cameras in the area, which may answer questions to what happened. However, it's unclear if they were working at the time.

"We have two cameras that look like they are facing the scene," said Streicher. "If these are operational and if they captured this, we'll be able to answer about every question to what occurred right here."

Police are holding a press conference Wednesday morning. You can watch it live on FOX19 and FOX19.com.

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