2 suspects charged, 1 at-large in OTR shooting; Deters vows to put them away ‘forever’

Newly annoucned safety measures include parking restrictions that will prevent crowds from gathering around parked cars blaring music.
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 12:55 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Two of the three alleged suspects in last weekend’s Main Street shootout are behind bars, and a plan is in place to address issues of violence in Over-the-Rhine and at The Banks.

“Today we are sending a very clear message: If you commit gun violence in our city, we will find you, we will prosecute you, and you will spend a very, very long time in jail,” Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said. “[...]This cannot and will not happen again. We are working very hard to ensure it does not happen again.”

The Main Street shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 after a fight broke out between two groups over contested territory, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.

“This is some kind of petty turf thing they had a beef about, and they put innocent people’s lives in jeopardy by doing this,” Deters said Thursday.

The shooting took place as Main Street was crowded with people gathered for nightlife entertainment. Seven men and one women were caught in the crossfire. They were all treated and released from area hospitals. Deters commented it was a “miracle” no one died.

“The vast majority of the people in this city are good, law-abiding people. We are dealing with a small, small subset that are committing an incredible amount of crime,” Deters said.

Deters, Mayor Aftab Pureval and interim CPD Chief Teresa Theetge on Thursday announced two of the shooters as Diablo McCoats and Jarvis Barnes (pictured below).

“If you think about it, folks, this has only been four days and we brought this to a resolution. Four days,” Theetge said. “It does not go unnoticed that that short timeframe is because of the extreme hard work that Cincinnati police officers and their coworkers have done.”

McCoats allegedly fired seven shots, and Barnes allegedly fired seven shots, according to Theetge.

A third shooter who remains unidentified fired six shots, Theetge said. An ATF reward for information leading to that shooter’s arrest remains in effect. Those with information can call CrimeStoppers at 513.352.3040.

CPD Officer Joseph Shook was one of two officers at the scene on patrol prior to the shooting. After the initial barrage of gunfire, Shook fired one shot at McCoats at a distance of 55 feet, according to Theetge. The bullet struck McCoats in the leg, bringing the total injury count to nine.

Shook is a six-year veteran of the department and is currently assigned to the traffic unit. Both Deters and Theetge credited him for saving many lives.

A Hamilton County grand jury on Thursday morning indicted McCoats on 16 counts of felonious assault and one count of weapons under disability. He faces 91 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

The grand jury indicted Barnes on seven counts of felonious assaults and one count of weapons under disability. He faces 80 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Said Deters, “I want to send a very clear message to the public. If you think you can do this in Cincinnati and get away with it, you’ve got the wrong city. And I can tell you this, you’ve got the wrong prosecutor. [...]This office is not gonna put up with it. I firmly believe the mayor is not going to put up with it. If you want to carry a gun in Cincinnati and commit crimes, be prepared to go away for the rest of your life, because that is what’s gonna happen. We will do everything in our power to get you off the streets, forever.”

Diablo McCoats and Jarvis Barnes
Diablo McCoats and Jarvis Barnes(Cincinnati Police Department)

Pureval, Theetge and Cincinnati City Manager John Curp announced new measures to “interrupt the violence” on Main Street and at The Banks, where a separate shooting wounded three people around the same time as the Main Street shooting.

“I am confident in our plan, and the public can be confident that their safety is our number one priority,” Pureval said, adding this weekend is “important” for the city with the Reds and Bengals both playing. “We are ready.”

Cincinnati police will have an increased presence on Main Street and at The Banks, including SWAT members.

Parking will be prohibited on Main Street from 8 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. There will also be increased lighting.

The parking restrictions will prohibit drivers from parking cars and blaring loud music. They are also aimed at deterring pedestrians from gathering in large groups on the street, which can create “dangerous situations,” according to Pureval. Diminished crowds will in turn improve sight lines for police officers.

The Cincinnati Health Department will deploy food inspectors to vendors on Main Street to ensure those who are allowed to sell food are doing so properly.

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