Cincinnati Police Officer killed in shootoutPosted by J Craig on June 19, 2015
MADISONVILLE, Ohio — A Cincinnati Police Officer was killed on Friday morning following a shootout with an armed and erratic individual.
District 2 Officer Sunny Kim came under fire and was hit about 9:30 a.m. at Whetzel Avenue and Roe Street after officers responded to the area for a report of an armed man acting erratically, said Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.
“We lost one of our best today,” Blackwell said. “We lost a brother.”
The suspect was shot and killed as well. The suspect’s name has not been released. Both were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where Officer Kim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
Kim, 48, a 27-year veteran with the CPD had immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1973.
Kim is the 98th Cincinnati police officer to die in the line of duty — the first since 2000 when Officer Kevin Crayon was dragged from a vehicle driven by a 12-year-old boy.
“This is a tragedy,” Blackwell said at a 10:15 a.m. briefing that offered few specifics about the unfolding investigation. He said “multiple individuals” were involved in the shooting. The Hamilton County Coroner arrived at UC hospital just before 11 a.m.
Officers were seen hugging and consoling each other at the shooting scene and at the hospital.
The area of Whetzel at Roe Street and Erie Avenue is shut down until further notice.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Trepierre Hummons.
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