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CPD: Body cameras aid in Sedamsville shooting investigation

A view from a body camera worn by an officer on the scene of the Sedamsville shooting. (Provided by Cincinnati Police) A view from a body camera worn by an officer on the scene of the Sedamsville shooting. (Provided by Cincinnati Police)
37-year-old Christoper Mitchell was shot and killed by officers Sunday after he was firing on a Sedamsville street. (Provided by Cincinnati Police) 37-year-old Christoper Mitchell was shot and killed by officers Sunday after he was firing on a Sedamsville street. (Provided by Cincinnati Police)
SEDAMSVILLE, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Police say body cameras played a role in investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Sunday in Sedamsville.

Two officers shot and killed 37-year-old Christoper Mitchell, who was openly firing shots on Rosemont Avenue and reportedly pointed his gun at police.

Sgt. Robert Lind and Officer Scott McManis, the officers who fired at Mitchell, were not wearing body cameras, but another officer's camera captured elements that are helping the investigation, according to Executive Police Chief Paul Humphries.

"It did not capture the actual shooting, but it did capture audio and video that supports all the witness statements and the officer statements," Humphries said at a press conference Monday.

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The footage shows a direct view of the scene as witnessed by the officer, who can be heard yelling at Mitchell to drop his weapon before sounds of gunfire fill the audio.

Several Cincinnati officers are outfitted with two different types of body cameras as a 30 day trial. Each camera is about the size of a deck of playing cards and is attached to the chest area of an officer's uniform.

The trial period ends this week and Police Chief Blackwell is expected to choose a body camera model that best fits the department needs.

Police responded to Sunday's shooting after Mitchell began firing shots in his front yard, according to authorities.

Mitchell had a gun to his head when officers arrived, Humphries said at the press conference Monday. He said the officers made the decision to shoot when Mitchell pointed his gun at them.

"Their training kicked in, they followed their training and that's what carried the day," said Humphries.

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