Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 15th, 2018
On September 14th, 2018 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced his office has completed its review of the September 6th, 2018 mass shooting in downtown Cincinnati.Subsequently, the shooting occurred in the Fifth Third Center lobby located on Fountain Square. Accordingly Deters found that the actions of the Cincinnati Police officers involved in the shooting were justified and that they did not violate any criminal statutes.
Additionally, Deters and his office reviewed all of the video footage of the incident from the Fifth Third Center collected by the Cincinnati Police Department. Also, he reviewed the interviews of all of the witnesses to the shooting and the responding officers.
Ironically, at some point Omar Enrique Santa-Perez could have exhibited signs or symptoms of unstable behavior. Seemingly, he went unchecked.
As reported, on September 6th, 2018 at approximately 9:10 A.M., Omar Enrique Santa-Perez entered the lobby of the Fifth Third Bank Center armed with a 9 mm handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition.
He immediately began firing at people in the lobby of the building. Cincinnati Police responded within minutes and shot Perez. Four people including Perez were killed and two people were injured. At 9:15 a.m. the scene was declared secure.
According to Prosecutor Deters, “Pursuant to office policy, we review all police use of force cases. Particularly, in this case the evidence was overwhelming, and that the shooting of Perez was enormously justified.
Deters continued to say, “Not only were the actions of the officers justified – – they were heroic. They responded quickly and saved numerous lives. We will never know how many people they saved that day.
However, in Deters lamentation(s) he said; “Sadly, three innocent people died and two people were seriously injured as a result of Perez’s actions.”
Predicated on Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters enormous praise to the officers involved he said; generally, people take for granted the work(s) that our first responders do, but I want to personally thank them for their bravery and service to our community.”
Thusly, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters clears Cincinnati Police Officers involved in September 6th, 2018 mass shooting in downtown Cincinnati.