Fatal officer-involved shooting under investigation in Hamilton Township

Fatal officer-involved shooting under investigation in Hamilton Township

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Hamilton Township Police Department is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday night.

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Adams Road for a report of a man armed with a weapon, threatening to harm himself, who had fired shots inside his home. The man was identified as 58-year-old Anthony Williams, according to Warren County Chief Investigator Doyle Burke.

When officers arrived on the scene, they requested assistance from the Warren County Tactical Response Unit (SWAT).

They said their preliminary investigation indicated while officers were securing the perimeter and waiting for the SWAT Team, Williams came out of the home and pointed a firearm in the direction of officers, which caused the officers to defend themselves and use lethal force.

Now, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations will look into whether that use of force was justified or not.

“They were out there last night and early this morning processing the scene,” said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. “They’re going to conduct all of the witness interviews and obviously do any type of forensics and evidence analysis that needs to be done.”

The department said both officers have been placed on standard administrative leave.

No other details were immediately available, but the Hamilton Township Police Department said more information will be released later.

A press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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