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Chief: Madisonville man calls 911 on himself, kills responding officer

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Kim owned a karate center on Reading Road. (Photo provided by Vinson Lewis) Kim owned a karate center on Reading Road. (Photo provided by Vinson Lewis)
Flowers, flag at half-staff outside of Cincinnati Police District 2, where Kim served the majority of his career. Flowers, flag at half-staff outside of Cincinnati Police District 2, where Kim served the majority of his career.
Trepierre Hummons, provided by CPD. Trepierre Hummons, provided by CPD.
MADISONVILLE, OH (FOX19) -

The man accused of killing a veteran Cincinnati Police officer called 911 on himself twice in a plan for ‘suicide by cop,' according to Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

Trepierre Hummons told 911 dispatchers there was an armed man acting belligerently at Whetsel Avenue and Roe Street, the chief announced at a Friday night press conference.

When District 2 Officer Sonny Kim responded to the scene, Hummons began firing at the 27-year veteran of the department.

Both were rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where they died. The officer, who was wearing protective body gear, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

Hummons, who is connected to the neighborhood Clutch Gang, sent text messages and posted to Facebook indicating he planned suicide by cop, according to Blackwell.

“I love every last one of y'all to whoever has been in my life .... You're the real mvp,” the 21-year-old wrote on his Facebook page around 9 a.m. on Friday.

The suspect's mother left her home Friday searching for Hummons and located him in the street just as officers were arriving to the scene, officials report. She told police her son had been having recent trouble with his girlfriend.

A probation officer arrived at the scene after Kim. Hummons fired at him as well, Blackwell said.

Kim was hit and lying wounded in the street when the suspect returned and began a fight to take the officer's firearm.

“Despite Police Officer Kim's valiant struggle, the suspect was able to gain control of his service weapon,” said Blackwell.

The suspect used Kim's gun to fire at the third responding officer, a Cincinnati Police specialist. The specialist was able to “stop the threat, secure the suspect and maintain the scene,” described Blackwell.

Kim, a father of three boys, received 21 commendations during his nearly three-decade career. He also owned a karate center on Reading Road and taught classes for adults, teens and kids. 

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Funeral arrangements have not yet been set for Kim, according to Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell. A fund for Kim's family has been set up at the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union.

Assistant Chief James Whalen, a 29-year veteran of the police department who knew Kim his entire policing career, said the officer dedicated his life to patrolling the east side of town, primarily in District 2.

"He was a fantastic policeman," Whalen said. "He was exactly the kind of police officer this city and this country needs right now. It's just a tragedy, a tremendous loss."

This is the first time a Cincinnati police officer has been killed in the line of duty since Officer Kevin Crayon died Sept. 1, 2000, when he was dragged from a vehicle driven by a 12-year-old boy.

[View funeral arrangements for Officer Kim here]

“Calling 911 with the intent to shoot cops is an act of pure evil--the definition of injustice,” tweeted Mayor John Cranley on Friday night.

A sex offense report had been filed against Hummons early Friday morning, said Blackwell. He also had a previous disorderly conduct charge and several felonies on his juvenile record.

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