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Police: Suspect drew gun before officer-involved shooting

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Jordan Vilines) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Jordan Vilines)
Jarvis Harris (Photo: Cincinnati Police) Jarvis Harris (Photo: Cincinnati Police)
Titus Bell  (Photo: Cincinnati Police) Titus Bell (Photo: Cincinnati Police)

The Cincinnati police sergeant who fired his weapon at a suspect Thursday acted within department policy, according to interim chief Eliot Isaac.

Jarvis Harris, 23, drew a gun from his waist when police confronted him in the hallway of an apartment complex on West 8th Street near Greenwich Avenue, said Isaac.

Sgt. Brian Trotta discharged his gun twice, hitting Harris in the hip. Harris was taken to the hospital and has since been released into police custody.

Harris and a second suspect, identified as Titus Bell, threw their loaded guns outside the apartment window in the midst of the confrontation, Isaac stated. Police found the weapons near the building and determined both guns had been reported stolen.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Trotta is a District 3 patrol sergeant and has been with CPD 18 years. He will be placed on administrative leave for seven days, per department policy.

Bell and Harris are both charged with having weapons under disability. Harris also faces a felonious assault charge.

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