Man shot by cop on I-75 wanted in Maryland homicide

Suspect, officer identified in I-75 shooting (VIDEO)
Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2016 at 9:27 PM EDT
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Major Mike Horton with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said a knife was recovered at the...
Major Mike Horton with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said a knife was recovered at the scene. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Buckingham)
Glendale officer Josh Hilling (Photo: Glendaleohio,org)
Glendale officer Josh Hilling (Photo: Glendaleohio,org)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The suspect shot by a Glendale officer on Interstate 75 Tuesday afternoon was wanted in a 2016 Maryland homicide, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The officer, identified as Josh Hilling, stopped to talk to the man who was walking on the side of the interstate around 1:30 p.m.

Hilling, 31, offered Pablo Javier Aleman a ride, but an altercation arose over checking Aleman's bag before he got into the cruiser, according to Glendale Police Chief Dave Warman.

The brief altercation ended with the Hilling shooting Aleman, 46, in the abdomen, said Major Mike Horton with the sheriff's office.

A knife was recovered at the scene, according to officials. The knife was described as a fixed-blade and about eight to 12 inches long.

It is unclear if Aleman threatened the officer with it.

At the time of the incident, Aleman was considered a fugitive wanted by police in Maryland in connection with a homicide. It's not known if he has any connection to the Cincinnati area.

According to a release by the Baltimore County Police Department, an arrest warrant was obtained for Aleman in connection to the March 17 homicide of 51-year-old Victor Adolfo Serrano.  Baltimore County Police said they responded for a report of a cardiac arrest.  When officers arrived on the scene, they found Serrano suffering from multiple stab wounds and was declared deceased at the scene.

Aleman was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He is listed as in stable condition. He will be held on a warrant pending extradition hearings.

Hilling was not hurt in the incident, officials said. He was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed.

Radio calls from Hilling explain a bit more of what might have happened.

Officer: Seven king eleven! Shots fired! Shots fired! Start me a squad! I shot one! He has a knife

Officer: I've got him a gun point!

Dispatcher: Subject at gun point.

Dispatcher: How many people are injured? How many people shot? Anybody shot?

Officer: Seven king eleven. One shot. Subject shot only. Subject shot only in the abdomen. Still has the knife. Not following any orders

The Sheriff's Office is will investigate the exact events leading up to the shooting.

Horton said the entire incident was captured on a body camera.  That footage will be used in the investigation.

Investigators do not know why Aleman was walking down the highway.

"First of all who is he?  Why was he on the interstate?  And why did he do what we think he did?  Why? Which is what?  Well he had a confrontation with a police officer and he ended up getting shot.  So we want to know why that confrontation took place." said Major Horton.

Police said Hilling is a four-year veteran of the department who was promoted to full time in January. According to the Glendale Police Department's website, he's been with the department since August 2011.

Chief Warman says in his more than two decades with the department, this is the first time one of his officers was involved in a shooting.

The incident closed both lanes of Interstate 75 between Sharon and Glendale-Milford roads for several hours Tuesday.

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