Police name suspect in officer's shooting

Police name suspect in officer's shooting
Damion McRae (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Damion McRae (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

WALNUT HILLS (FOX19) - The man suspected of shooting and wounding a Cincinnati police officer early Sunday is an eight-time convicted felon who is probation for two years following his most recent drug trafficking convictions just a few months ago.

Damion McRae, 37, is accused of opening fire on two officers in the 2600 block of Gilbert Avenue around 12:30 a.m.

McRae and the officers exchanged gunfire after authorities responded to a domestic violence call.

One of the officers was shot in the lower abdomen. Both he and his longtime partner have not been named.

The officer who was shot and McRae are being treated for non life-threatening injuries at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

McRae was charged Sunday with attempted murder and weapon under disability, or illegally having a firearm due to a previous drug trafficking conviction, court records show.

The charges are the latest in a long list that began two decades ago.

Most recently, in October, McRae pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin and aggravated trafficking in drugs, court records show.

The original indictment shows he was accused of trafficking heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

Judge Pat Foley sentenced him to probation.

McRae has trafficking cocaine convictions in both 2003 and 2006 and sentenced to prison, records show.

He also was convicted of trafficking marijuana in 2008 and sentenced to community control but sent to prison after violating community control. He was ordered to serve a year with 22 days credit, records state.

Police leaders are expected to release more information about McRae and the shooting on Monday.

The officer was moved out of ICU into his own room Sunday, according to leader of the union that represents Cincinnati police.

Mayor John Cranley and Councilman Chris Smitherman visited the officer.

"Last night's shooting of a Cincinnati Police officer is a stark reminder that these men and women risk their lives each and everyday for the safety of our City. I am thankful for their unfailing bravery and service to our community," the mayor said Sunday in a prepared statement.

"I am also thankful the injured officer is safe and recovering. Please keep this officer and our police in your prayers."

Earlier Sunday, they said the shooting occurred when the officer and his partner responded to a domestic violence call.

"An individual's description was given, as the officers entered the courtyard, they encountered an individual that matched that description," said Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac. "Gunshots were exchanged between the individual and the officers."

"There will be a series of interviews of any potential witnesses, the officers involved," said Chief Isaac. "We'll examine the evidence here on the scene, and any other thing that may be pertinent to the investigation."

"The officers involved were fearless in the face of a cowardly attack on them," Fraternal Order of Police president Sgt. Dan Hils wrote on Support The Blue In Cincy Facebook page.

"Everybody will be okay this time. God bless the officers and their families after a long and scary night."

Sgt. Hils, who spent most of Sunday at the hospital with the officer and his family, posted another update on social media just after 11 a.m.

"I am sitting outside our hero's room and he is about to be moved out of ICU to a regular room. The officer gave me permission to share the update. He looks great and his family is here, are relaxed and enjoying his company."

Sgt. Hils also asked for continued support and prayers from the community.

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