Two Cincinnati police officers were put on paid leave this week while the department investigates a fatal shooting that took place during a traffic stop.
WLWT-TV reported 37-year-old Donyale Rowe was shot and killed after he tried to run when his friend was pulled over around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Cincinnati Police Department said Rowe had “previous encounters” with law enforcement before.
Dashcam footage showed Rowe as he tried to run away from police when they had him exit the vehicle. Out of the camera’s field of view, a scuffle was heard and, at one point, an officer yelled, “He’s got a gun! Shoot him, shoot him!” Off camera, a man, presumably Rowe, was heard yelling in pain. WLWT reported that police tried using a Taser on him.
Then came the sound of shots being fired.
“Just fired at police,” one of the officers seemed to say.
Watch the dashcam video (via Cincinnati.com):
Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell told WLWT Rowe was “combative, resistant and produced a firearm” after getting out of the car. The chief said they don’t know how many shots were officially fired or by whom, but the news station reported that detectives said six shots were fired by the officers who hit Rowe twice.
Officers Mark Bode and Thomas Weigard tried to revive Rowe and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A .40-caliber Ruger handgun was found in his possession.
“We believe at this point that the officers’ actions were all in line with training and policies,” Blackwell told WLWT, still the officers were placed on leave during the investigation.
“We don’t come to work and want to have to use deadly force, clearly,” Blackwell added. “And I think that needs to be understood. So they’re a bit shaken up, but they’re okay. Thank goodness that they are both OK.”
Watch WLWT-TV’s report:
Jonathan Johnston, who had been driving the car, was arrested for possession of marijuana, according to WLWT. The news station reported that the female passenger, who ran from the scene while officers were occupied with Rowe Tuesday, later turned herself in.
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