Deters Clears Officers Involved In July 31st, 2019 Shooting

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 12th, 2019

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deter

On August 9th, 2019 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that there will be no charges filed against the officers involved in the July 31st 2019  shooting on Geyer Woods Lane in Westwood, Cincinnati, Ohio.

On July 31st 2019 at approximately 10:30 A.M. Robert Schneider whose Date Of Birth is October 21st 1972 robbed a Marathon Gas Station at gunpoint located at 6050 Cheviot Road, Hamilton County, Ohio. 

Pursued by several police agencies including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s department helicopter the car was chased with attempts to stop the vehicle Schneider was driving.

Eventually Schneider stopped the vehicle, jumped out and commenced running away on foot from police officers.

Reportedly Schneider ran through residential neighborhood brandishing a handgun and pointing it directly at police officers. He tried unsuccessfully to into residences.  He then ran across the street and tried to gain entrance, again unsuccessfully, to enter another home located at the end of Geyer Woods Lane. 

The female owner of that home fought with Schneider at the door and was able to keep her door closed thus preventing him from gaining entry into her home.

Accordingly, police officer Timothy Bittner with the Cheviot Police Department, ordered Schneider to drop his gun.  Schneider refused the officer’s commands. At this point Office Bittner fired one shot at the suspect.

Ultimately police officer Barbara Aylward with the Green Township Police Department, joined the pursuit as Schneider was attempting to gain entrance into the second residence.   Aylward fired three shots and Bittner fired one additional shot for a total of five shots fired at Schneider.

Apparently, Schneider was struck in the head and torso.  Schneider’s gun was still in his hand when the officers approached him after he had been shot.

Predicated on information received, Schneider was transported to University Hospital where he stayed until he died in the early morning of August 9th, 2019.

Once again Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in his commentary had high praise for the officers said; “This is another example of tremendous bravery by the police. Officers Bittner and Aylward are to be commended for chasing and apprehending a dangerous suspect before he could cause more harm to innocent people.”

He continued to say; “There are not enough accolades to truly express the gratitude that our community feels for our first responders.”

Finally, he added; “Many thanks to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department for conducting the investigation and to all of the police agencies that participated in this chase: Cincinnati, Cheviot, Colerain, Green Township and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.”

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.