Coroner: Man dies after Wyoming officer-involved shooting

Published: Feb. 1, 2023 at 8:49 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2023 at 10:52 AM EST
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WYOMING, Ohio (WXIX) - The man who was shot by Wyoming police on Monday is now dead, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

Joe Frasure, 28, was cleaning out his late grandmother’s home on Durrell Avenue when officers received a report of a break-in.

Wyoming Chief of Police Brooke Brady says when officers saw Frasure in a minivan, he refused to exit the vehicle after being commanded to do so.

“The minivan reversed at a high rate of speed before hitting a tree at which point the vehicle accelerated rapidly at officers,” Brady said. “The officers fired four shots at the minivan as it was accelerating toward them.”

The chief says body cam footage shows the van then struck the building and became disabled with the vehicle smoking and the engine still revving.

Officers performed life-saving care on Frasure and he was transported to UC Medical Center for treatment, Brady said.

While the victim was pronounced to be brain dead relying on life support at the hospital, the coroner confirmed his death Wednesday morning.

Joe Frasure’s brother, also Joe Frasure, has taken to standing at a busy corner in Wyoming’s business district with a sign demanding information, including the immediate release of bodycam footage.

“He was unarmed. He didn’t have a gun. I want to know what happened to my brother,” he said. “In my eyes, they murdered my brother without proper cause.”

Joe wonders why the officers had to shoot to kill rather than doing anything else.

“Officers should take reasonable steps out of the path of an opposing vehicle instead of discharging their firearm at the vehicle or any of it’s occupants,” he said.

An investigation is being conducted by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.

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