Chief: Officer-involved shooting in West Price Hill 'justified' - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Chief: Officer-involved shooting in West Price Hill 'justified'

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter)
Robert Tenbrink, provided by CPD. Robert Tenbrink, provided by CPD.
The suspect's weapon (Photo: Cincinnati Police) The suspect's weapon (Photo: Cincinnati Police)
WEST PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Chief Eliot Issac emphasized during a press conference Tuesday that the fatal officer-involved shooting was justified.

"This guy pointed a gun at our police. That is totally unacceptable," Cranley said. 

Police said the suspect, identified as Robert Tenbrink, 45, robbed two convenience stores before pointing a BB pistol at District 3 officers.

Tenbrink displayed a firearm to a Walgreens cashier at 4241 Glenway Avenue, Isaac said. He then did the same at Deals Discount Store across the street. 

A store clerk called 911 and gave police a description of the suspect before police tracked him down in the 1600 block of Sunset Avenue near Rapid Run Road.

“The individual refused to comply with the officer’s demands, he drew the pistol from his waistband, shots were fired,” said Isaac.  

Isaac says both officers fired at Tenbrink and hit him at least once in the face. Officers could be heard on dash cam audio telling Tenbrink to put up his hands.

Isaac says Tenbrink had undergone a tracheotomy and apparently didn't respond verbally.

Chief Isaac said he hates to see anyone lose their life, but he says when Tenbrink pointed that gun at the officers they responded as they were trained and fired their weapons.

The officers involved have been with the department since May 2014. They are placed on a seven day administrative leave.

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