Fairfield police announce charge against man accused of aiming gun at officer, prompting shooting

Fairfield police identify man who allegedly aimed gun at officer, prompting shooting
Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 4:17 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 2:08 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - An aggravated menacing charge has now been filed against the man accused of pointing a gun at a Fairfield officer before the officer shot the armed individual.

Around 3:45 p.m., officers were called to Port Union Road near Production Drive to investigate a 911 hang-up call, according to the Fairfield police incident report.

In the 911 call released Tuesday, a voice can be heard saying “you should send the police” and “there’s a guy with a gun” before the call goes silent.

Officer Robert Davis arrived at the scene to find 36-year-old Rodolfo Molina-Hernandez armed and standing in the roadway, the report reads.

Rodolfo Molina-Hernandez, 36, is charged with aggravated menacing following the...
Rodolfo Molina-Hernandez, 36, is charged with aggravated menacing following the officer-involved shooting on June 5, the Fairfield Police Department announced Friday.(Fairfield Police Department)

The officer began talking with Molina-Hernandez, per the incident report.

Molina-Hernandez was told multiple times by Officer Davis to drop the weapon, but he refused, according to the report.

The 36-year-old “assumed a shooting stance” and aimed the gun at Officer Davis, the report says.

Officer Davis then fired his gun several times, hitting Molina-Hernandez, police wrote in the report released Tuesday.

In the radio traffic released Tuesday, Officer Davis says after the shooting that the gun Molina-Hernandez was holding was a “toy.” The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) later confirmed Molina-Hernandez was holding a real gun, not a toy, Fairfield police explained.

The officer made a reference to thinking the gun was a "toy," in the audio released Tuesday....
The officer made a reference to thinking the gun was a "toy," in the audio released Tuesday. The BCI investigated and confirmed it was a real gun.(Fairfield Police Department)

“Other officers arriving on scene began life-saving measures, called for paramedics and secured the scene,” police said on June 5. “The man was transported to an area hospital where he is in stable condition. No officers were injured during the incident.”

Molina-Hernandez was in the hospital for several days.

Upon his release, the Fairfield Police Department said he was charged with aggravated menacing. He was also served with an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant through Fairfield Municipal Court, Fairfield PD said.

“The incident was captured on the Officer’s body-worn camera and will be released publicly at the appropriate time,” the police news release read.

Fairfield police contacted the BCI, which will be conducting the investigation.

A judge set Molina-Hernandez’s bond at $260,000.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday.

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