Man killed in gunfire exchange with Elmwood Place police identified

Man killed in gunfire exchange with Elmwood Place police identified

ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio (FOX19) - A man died Tuesday afternoon after exchanging fire with a police officer in the village of Elmwood Place, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office identified the victim as Rodney Arnez Barnes, 48.

The incident began as a traffic stop around 1:31 p.m, when Elmwood Place Police Officer Nicholas Arn pulled Barnes over at Linden Street and Highland Avenue, the Elmwood Place police chief said.

After a brief encounter, according to the sheriff’s office, Arn and Barnes exchanged fire, and Barnes was struck.

Barnes was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he later died.

Barnes did not have a current home address and was listed as a missing person after walking away from the University of Cincinnati Psychiatric Emergency Services, the sheriff’s office says.

He was also wanted in Hamilton County on charges of aggravated robbery and having weapons under disability, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rodney Arnez Barnes
Rodney Arnez Barnes (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Arn, who has been with the Elmwood Police Department for 18 months, was not hit, Elmwood Place Police Chief Eric Bartlett said in a news conference Tuesday.

Arn was not wearing a body camera, and his police cruiser did not have video either, Bartlett said.

The police chief said it remains unclear how many gunshots were fired.

No Cincinnati police officers or Hamilton County deputies were involved.

A man named Bobby, who said he saw the shooting, claims he heard at least 10 gunshots.

“Police come, they end up shooting the shooter died, somebody died," Bobby said. "There’s a lot going on today. A lot of kids here. Thank God it’s school hours right now. Thank God. Boy, kids play right here. There’s a park literally right there like, thank God.”

Cecil Rodgers says she witnessed the shooting as well.

“My wife said she heard the officer holler, ‘Put the gun down!’” Rodgers said. “A lot of bullets went through and hit our window, and it’s still in our window.”

Rodgers also says “eight or 10” rounds were fired.

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The sheriff’s office is handling the investigation with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or the Hamilton County Sheriff Criminal Investigative Section at (513) 851-6000.

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