Colerain Township police identify suspect shot after pointing gun at officers, chief says

Colerain Twp police shoot suspect who pointed gun at officers, chief says

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Colerain Township police shot a suspect who pointed a gun at officers following a chase early Monday, Police Chief Mark Denney said.

A pursuit began in North College Hill when a vehicle fled a traffic stop about 1:20 a.m. and went into Colerain Township, according to Hamilton County dispatchers.

Colerain Township officers picked up the pursuit but called it off due to the weather, the chief said. It’s raining and the roads are wet.

Minutes after the traffic pursuit began, the suspect, Carrington Shropshire, crashed over a retaining wall at Cheviot and Galbraith roads in White Oak, the chief said.

The vehicle was hanging over a retaining wall with Shropshire still inside as officers approached.

Audio sheds light on officer-involved shooting in Colerain

As officers approached the vehicle to render aid he displayed a firearm, pointing it at the officers, Denney said.

A Colerain officer opened fire, hitting the suspect several times, according to the chief.

The officers then worked to extricate the suspect and provide medical aid.

Shropshire was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

His condition was not released.

It was not immediately clear how many shots were fired, Denney said. Based on this preliminary information, the shooting appears to be justified.

Carrington Shropshire
Carrington Shropshire (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Colerain Township police have contacted Cincinnati police to conduct use of force and internal investigations.

They also are making sure the officer involved is OK and are letting his family know about the incident, the chief said.

Police plan to search the vehicle, get victims’ statements and pull body camera video.

At this point, they believe only one officer fired shots.

Per policy, the officer will be put on leave for 72 hours.

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