‘If you point a gun at a cop you will be shot': Police share new information about Avondale shooting

‘If you point a gun at a cop you will be shot': Police share new information about Avondale shooting
Chief Eliot Isaac says an undercover gang-unit officer in an unmarked vehicle saw Vernell Jackson, 20, move a handgun from his pocket to his waistband. (Source: Cincinnati Police Department)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati police held a press conference Thursday afternoon to share new information about Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting in Avondale.

It happened around noon on Blair Avenue and was captured on police body camera and dashboard camera.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac says Vernell Jackson, 20, is in critical but stable condition following an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac says Vernell Jackson, 20, is in critical but stable condition following an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday. (Source: Cincinnati Police Department)

Chief Eliot Isaac says an undercover gang-unit officer in an unmarked vehicle saw Vernell Jackson, 20, move a handgun from his pocket to his waistband.

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The officer called for backup from uniformed officers and Officer Marc Shildmeyer, a 23-year veteran of the gang-unit, arrived at Blair Court and Blair Avenue.

Isaac says camera footage shows Jackson with his left hand behind his back and Officer Shildmeyer yelling for Jackson to show his hands three times.

Jackson then pointed the gun at Shildmeyer and Shildmeyer yelled at Jackson to put the gun down before firing one shot that hit Jackson in the right side of his torso, Isaac says.

Shildmeyer called for firefighters and EMTs while he applied pressure and lifesaving techniques, he says.

Jackson was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he had surgery and is currently in critical but stable, Isaac says.

He is alive due to the “extreme efforts that Officer Shildmeyer took to save Mr. Jackson’s life,” Isaac said.

“His efforts were simply tremendous,” he said.

Police recovered a Hi-point .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol at the scene along with eight rounds and a magazine.

“If you point a gun at a cop you will be shot,” Mayor John Cranley said.

Jackson is charged with aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon.

Isaac says Jackson did not have a CCW, but the gun was purchased legally. Police also know who the gun belongs to but did not release their name.

Mayor Cranley says there will be an investigation into the shootings, as there are with all shootings, but insists officers will not be deterred from pursuing peace and justice in Avondale.

“The officer has our full support and we thank him for his humanitarian efforts,” Cranley says.

City Manager Patrick Duhaney says the city will ‘get to the bottom of this’ shooting and be as transparent as possible.

He also echoed Cranley’s comments about the work the Cincinnati Police Department has done to reduce crime in Avondale and says they will continue to do that.

Isaac says Jackson is not suspected of being involved in any of the recent shootings in and near Avondale, but he was recently in jail for a misdemeanor.

He says Jackson’s criminal record is ‘very minor’ and has no serious charges.

Police have not yet released the footage from the shooting because Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters subpoenaed the video for review, which he does in all officer-involved shooting cases.

They expect the video to be released ‘early next week.’

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