MADISONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - An off-duty Cincinnati Police officer shot and killed an armed bank robbery suspect in Madisonville Wednesday afternoon.
Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the suspect, Terry Frost, 20, entered Fifth Third Bank wearing a mask and hood. He also had a plastic grocery bag over his hand, "indicating he was armed with a weapon," Isaac said at a press conference Thursday.
Officer Kevin Hankerson, 54, works security detail at the bank, located on Madison Road near Ebersole. Hankerson drew his gun as Frost jumped over the teller counter, Isaac said.
"The masked individual immediately recognized the officer's presence as he jumped over the counter and immediately pointed his covered hand at the officer," said Issac.
Hankerson pushed the teller out of the way and fired two rounds as Frost jumped back over the counter and ran out the door, police said. No one inside the bank was injured.
Authorities located Frost's body a short time later in the bushes near Ebersole Avenue – less than one block from the bank.
Police recovered a .38 caliber handgun inside the plastic grocery bag left at the bank, which they said belonged Frost's. Isaac says there's an indication Frost pulled the trigger but it possibly misfired.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Frost had no "significant" criminal record.
There is surveillance video from inside the bank which was being reviewed, Issac said. That video may be released Friday.
Hankerson has been placed on paid administrative leave, part of police protocol. He has been with the Cincinnati Police Department since 1997.
Isaac said he believed this was Hankerson's first officer-involved shooting case.
The case is still under investigation.