Deters announces justification for the officer involved in a shooting

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 18th, 2019

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Today Wednesday September 18th, 2019 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces justification for the officer involved in a shooting on September 11th, 2019.

Subsequently Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that there will be no charges filed against the officer in the September 11th 2019 officer-involved shooting in Avondale.

Reportedly, a plainclothes Cincinnati Police Officer was working undercover in Avondale in an unmarked vehicle at approximately 12:15 P.M. when he saw a man, now known as Vernell S. Jackson (Date Of Birth is  March 6th, 1999), pull a gun out of his pocket and move it to his waistband.

Accordingly, the undercover officer radio for an uniformed officer’s assistance. 

Thusly Cincinnati Police Officer Marc Schildmeyer responded in uniform in a marked police cruiser.  Both the undercover officer and Officer Schildmeyer pulled up near Jackson in the area of Blair Court and Ridgeway Avenue. 

According to information received, Officer Schildmeyer exited his cruiser and ordered Jackson three times to show his hands.  

Vernell S. Jackson

Hence Jackson was standing sideways to the officer with his right side towards the officer.  Jackson had a loaded gun in his left waistband. 

However, rather than showing his hands as was ordered, Jackson pulled a gun from his left waistband and raised it as he turned towards Officer Schildmeyer. Officer Schildmeyer fired once, striking Jackson in the chest.

Immediately, Officer Schildmeyer began lifesaving measures on Jackson until paramedics arrived.  Jackson was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery. Meanwhile, at last check(s) on Jackson are that he remains in critical but stable condition.

According to information received Jackson had loaded Hi-Point .380 semiautomatic handgun that was recovered at the scene.

Additionally, Jackson now faces Carrying a Concealed Weapon which according to Ohio Laws this is an (F4) and Aggravated Menacing (M1) charges.

Officer Schildmeyer exited his cruiser and ordered Jackson three times to show his hands.

In Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commentary he had this to say; “We have another Cincinnati Police Officer to be commended for the manner in which he handled a dangerous situation.  Jackson, armed with a loaded gun, was ready to shoot.”

He added; “Officer Schildmeyer’s cruiser and body-worn camera footage shows Jackson raising his gun towards the officer.  Thusly Officer Schildmeyer was 100% justified in shooting Jackson. He likely saved his own life as well as the lives of others.  As I said before, he is to be commended.

Because of Officer Schildmeyer’s quick response and training, we are here today not talking about an officer shot in the line of duty or the shooting of innocent bystanders.”

Also, Prosecutor Deters expresses his appreciation to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac and his staff for their cooperation in this investigation and assistance in the matter.

In his conclusion Deters said; “Officer Schildmeyer’s body-worn camera and police cruiser video will be provided via email to the media at the conclusion of today’s press conference.

 

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.