Mother of police shooting victim speaks

Randy Ward
Randy Ward

By Rontina McCann – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Desperation. According to his mother, that is why Randy Ward didn't stop running from Cincinnati Police.

On the front porch of her Avondale home, Christel Johnson fights tears as talks about her son's death. Johnson believes that her son, Randy Ward, provoked police into shooting him.

"Why would he run with the warrants that he had, he wanted to die, he was going through a lot of turmoil," Johnson said.

Johnson said she doesn't blame police and they did their job. Something she said her son didn't get the chance to do because he could not find employment. Ward was on probation and looking for work, but his mother said because of his prior convictions that was impossible right now.

"He carried a gun, an unregistered gun, a felon is a felon when you are in a job," she said.

Johnson said her son had a family to care for and had no where to turn.

"I don't know if he was just reaching out for help, but I know he didn't want to kill anybody, I know that with all my hear, I know my son," Johnson said.

Johnson said her youngest son received a text message from Ward Tuesday morning asking him to take care of their mother. She said the family tried to reach him, but it was too late.

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