Sources: Incident report officer was dragged not accurate

Samuel Dubose, provided photo.
Samuel Dubose, provided photo.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A newly released incident report shows University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing feared he was going to be run over by the vehicle driven by Sam Dubose in Sunday's fatal officer-involved shooting.

Tensing said he was attempting a traffic stop for a missing front license plate when he began to be dragged by Dubose's vehicle, the report shows.

But FOX 19 NOW has learned from sources familiar with the investigation that the report of the officer being dragged is not accurate.

The report goes on to state that Tensing told another officer that he was almost ran over by the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver. He said he fired a single shot, and the vehicle came to a stop at the corner of Rice and Valencia Streets.

Sources tell FOX 19 NOW that the body camera video will show Tensing and Dubose began to argue. Then Tensing reached and opened the car door, and Dubose closed it. The car began to move, and Tensing was moving with the car. At some point, he began to fall and, at the same time, grabbed his weapon and fired a shot.

Despite public outcry, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters along with officials from the city and UC have refused to release footage from the body camera worn by Tensing.

Another UC officer who responded to the scene said he saw Tensing's shirt and back of his pants look "as if it had been dragged over a rough surface," according to the report. Tensing was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for examination. He was treated for minor injuries and released.

Dubose was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cincinnati police turned their investigation into the shooting over to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters on Wednesday. He said his office was "rapidly investigating" and expects to have the case reviewed by the end of the week.

The longtime county prosecutor will examine the case to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.

A grand jury began hearing the case Thursday, a spokeswoman for the office said.

Deters said Thursday he will release the video once the grand jury sees it.

Funeral arrangements for Sam Dubose has been set. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, July 28 at The Church of the Living God located on 434 Forest Ave. The viewing is from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. and the service will take place around 2 p.m.

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