Police ID suspect shot, killed by police sergeant

Ronnie Pittman
Ronnie Pittman
Chief James Craig during a news conference on Friday
Chief James Craig during a news conference on Friday

EVANSTON, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police have identified the suspect and officer who were involved in a fatal shooting and standoff in Evanston on Thursday evening.

The incident started in the 3400 block of Montgomery Road at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when someone called police saying that his neighbor, Ronnie Pittman, 54, had a gun and was threatening to harm himself and others.

"He was saying, 'I'm going to kill someone, I want to die, I'm going to shoot this place up,'" said Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig during a news conference on Friday.

Craig says officers arrived at the scene and told Pittman to drop his weapon, but he refused. That's when Sgt. Daryl Grant fired a shot at Pittman. When Pittman continued to advance, Grant fired a second shot, causing Pittman to go back inside the basement unit of his multi-unit apartment building.

Craig says Pittman was shot once in the neck and once in the torso.

Officers retreated and SWAT was called. SWAT eventually entered the residence and found Pittman dead in the apartment from a gunshot wound.

Officers recovered the weapon that Pittman had and determined it to be a BB gun. They also found an open bottle of alcohol in the apartment.

Craig says Pittman, who had his 54th birthday on Thursday, had a criminal past. Hamilton County court records show Pittman had arrests for obstruction official business, resisting arrest and traffic charges.

"You put yourself in harm's way (when you point a gun at an officer)," said Craig. "Police officers are here to protect the public, protect themselves, protect their partners from an immediate threat. If someone is pointing a gun at an officer, there's an expectation that the officer will fire a weapon in self defense. And it could be met with tragic consequences."

Sgt. Grant joined the Cincinnati Police Department in 2003 and was promoted to sergeant in 2005. He is on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

"Preliminary investigation shows that the force used (by police) was appropriate," said Craig.

Authorities say a SWAT officer also fired one shot outside the building, hitting a wall. Craig says further investigation on that report is ongoing.

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