SOUTH FAIRMOUNT — Cincinnati police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Officers were called to a United Dairy Farmers store after the clerk said someone stole ice cream from the store.
As officers arrived, they said, the suspect came back to the store for a spoon and was detained. While [they] were searching the man, police said, he took off running, pulled out a gun and opened fire.
“He was running like he had a bag of money. I didn’t know what he was holding. I didn’t know it was ice cream,” a witness said. “He turned back and started popping and turned his gun at the officer and shot two shots.”
Police Chief Tom Streicher said four officers returned fire at some point in the foot pursuit, and the suspect was hit at least once. Officials said the suspect collapsed in the middle of Queen City Avenue. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Queen City Avenue at Grand Avenue was closed while police search the crime scene for evidence. Many witnesses were in the area at the time and they are being questioned by police. Several restaurants along Queen City Avenue in the area also had to be cleared out.