Suspect transported to the hospital after officer involved shooting

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - A person has been sent to the hospital after a shooting involving a police officer Friday afternoon in Over the Rhine.

Police say the shooting happened just after 2:00 p.m. in the 1800 block of Race Street near Findlay Market. A call to police stated that a male, black, was standing in the street with a gun.

Dispatcher: "And you saw the gun?"

Caller: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "Is he talking to someone or threatening someone?"

Caller: "Nah. He wasn't threatening or anything like that. He just had that look in his face. You know what I mean?"

When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered the suspect, identified as Christopher Foster, 23, and ordered him to stop.

Foster then reportedly shot at the officer. The officer, Charles Knapp, fired back and the two exchanged gunfire.

Foster received seven gunshot wounds and was taken to University Hospital. He remains there in critical, but stable condition.

Knapp did not sustain any injuries. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol, pending the outcome of the investigation. However, new Police Chief James Craig has spoken out defending the actions of his officer.

"I would have to say given the circumstances I've laid out, certainly there was an immediate threat to the officer's life. There was an immediate threat to the responding officers and certainly to the public. I think really it does say it all."

Knapp is a seven year veteran of the force. This is the second time he has been involved in a shooting. The other happened two years ago. An investigation on that incident determined that Knapp did not violate any procedures.

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