CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the fatal Cincinnati police shooting of a robbery suspect (all times local):
A southwest Ohio prosecutor says a Cincinnati police officer’s fatal shooting of a robbery suspect was justified.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) says he has informed Cincinnati police that he sees no need to take the case to a grand jury. Deters says he viewed surveillance video from the violent Sunday morning encounter downtown and reviewed police reports.
He says 25-year-old Jawari Porter tried to stab the officer with a “folding lock-blade-style knife.” He says officer Anthony Brucato (broo’-CAH’-toh) and his fellow officer were wearing bulletproof vests, and Brucato suffered a forearm abrasion.
The city’s police chief and mayor said earlier Monday that Brucato had no choice but to shoot.
Court records show that a 25-year-old robbery suspect killed by a Cincinnati police officer over the weekend had been ruled incompetent to stand trial and ordered into mental health treatment last year.
Hamilton County court documents show that a judge in September 2015 that Jawari Porter was mentally ill when he had faced charges of assault and resisting arrest. A July 31, 2015, police affidavit states that Porter continued to try to attack an assault victim after police used stun guns.
An assistant public defender who represented Porter at one point last year said the office’s involvement ended after the case moved to probate court.
Cincinnati’s police chief says an officer had no choice but to fire at Porter. He says Porter charged the officer with a knife as the policeman was getting out of his cruiser.
Cincinnati’s police chief says an officer had no choice but to fire at a robbery suspect who charged him with a knife as the policeman was getting out of his cruiser.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac says the fatal shooting occurred amid “a vicious, violent attack” Sunday morning in downtown Cincinnati.
Mayor John Cranley says the attacker was trying to kill 25-year police veteran Anthony Brucato (broo-CAH’-toh), who suffered minor injuries.
Isaac says the encounter was captured on video. He says the city can’t yet release the video because it was subpoenaed by the prosecutor’s office for its review of the officer’s actions.
Police say the slain man was suspected of robbing a grocery store with a knife 20 minutes earlier. They identified him as 25-year-old Jawari Porter, of Cincinnati.