Police confirm bullet struck firefighter's helmet during fire

Police confirm bullet struck firefighter's helmet during fire

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police confirmed Tuesday that the object that struck a firefighter's helmet on the scene of a working structure fire July 18 was in fact a bullet.

Originally, there were contradicting reports as to whether the unknown object was a bullet or not.

While battling the blaze, the firefighters at the scene heard gunshots right before Firefighter Kevin Kirkendall's helmet was struck, according to authorities.

Kirkendall's helmet was submitted to the Hamilton Co. Coroner's crime lab for analysis.

Results indicated the presence of lead, indicating the object that struck the helmet was a bullet, said reports.

Police sated forensic examination and witness statements also revealed that the bullet that struck the helmet had likely ricocheted off another surface, and was probably not intentionally fired at Kirkendall.

"We view the protection of our Fire Department members as a matter of the highest priority. Our agencies are charged with critical public safety responsibilities and we take that obligation very seriously and will continue to pursue this investigation with all available resources," said a Cincinnati Police Department spokesperson.

According to the Hamilton Co. Prosecutor's Office, the Cincinnati Police Department is investigating this incident as a violation of discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, which is a felony of the third degree.

Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040 or Detective Jeff Schare at 513-569-8617.

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