A man died after an exchange of fire with a police officer in Elmwood Place, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office identified the victim as Rodney Arnies Barnes, 48.
Sheriff Elmwood Place said the accident began as a traffic stop around 1:31 p.m., when an Elmwood Place police officer stopped Barnes on Linden Street and Highland Avenue.
After a short encounter, according to the mayor’s office, the police officer and Barnes exchanged fire, and Barnes was injured.
Barnes was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he later passed away.
Barnes did not have a current home address and was listed as a missing person after leaving the University of Cincinnati Emergency Psychiatric Services, says Sheriff’s office.
He was also wanted in Hamilton County for aggravated robbery and possession of weapons under disability, according to the mayor’s office.
Elmwood Place Police Chief, Eric Bartlett, told a press conference that the officer, who had been with the Elmwood Police Department for 18 months, was uninjured.
Bartlett said the officer was not wearing a body camera, and the police cruiser had no video.
The police chief said it was not clear how many bullets were fired.
No Cincinnati police officers or Hamilton County representatives participated.
A man named Bobby, who said he witnessed the shooting, claimed to have heard at least 10 shots.
Bobby said, “The police come, and they end up shooting the shooter, and someone dies. There’s a lot going on today. Lots of kids here. Thank God it’s school hours now. Thank God. Boy, kids play here. There’s literally a park over there.” Like, thank God. “
Cecil Rodgers says she has seen the shooting, too.
Rodgers said, “My wife said she heard the officer shouting, ‘Take down the gun! “A lot of bullets penetrated our window, and they are still in our window.”
Rodgers also says “eight or 10” shells were fired.
The sheriff’s office investigates the Hamilton County District Attorney’s office.