No Charges Against officers Involved In Shooting

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – March 21st, 2017

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that there will be no charges filed against the officers involved in Sunday March 12th, 2017 shooting at 2651 Gilbert Avenue in Walnut Hills. However, Damion McRae is indicted.

At approximately 12:13 A. M. Cincinnati Police Officers were called to an apartment building located at 2651 Gilbert Avenue, regarding an incident of domestic violence.  

According to information obtained, Officer Kenneth Grubbs and Officer William Keuper, who were riding together as partners, arrived at the scene.

Subsequently,  as the officers entered the courtyard, Officer Grubbs attempted to stop Damion McRae who matched the description given by the caller.  Reportedly, the suspect approached the officer with a 9mm rifle concealed at his side and shot Officer Grubbs.  Officer Grubbs was struck in the lower abdominal region and fell to the ground.  Although shot, Officer Grubbs was able to return fire as he fell.

Officer Keuper, who was walking behind and to the side of Officer Grubbs, saw his partner get shot and immediately began returning fire at the suspect, who was hit and fell to the ground.  Damion McRae continued to reach into his pockets despite police orders to the contrary. McRae discarded a loaded 22 caliber revolver. He was then placed into custody.

As a result, both McRae and Officer Grubbs were transported to University Hospital Medical Center for treatment.  Officer Grubbs suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Damion McRae is indicted.

According to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters; McRae has now been indicted on 1 count of Attempted Murder (Felony 1), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 2 counts of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3), 1 count of Carrying Concealed Weapon (Felony 4) and 1 count of Assault (Misdemeanor 1).  The Attempted Murder and Felonious Assault charges contain gun specifications. If convicted of all charges, McRae faces the possibility of over 20 years in prison.

Prosecutor Deters continued to say; depending on the investigation, a second Attempted Murder charge may be sought for the defendant’s actions on Officer Keuper.

After a review of the case by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, the police officers will face no charges in this matter.   A portion of the officers’ body camera videos will be released today to the media.

However, subsequent to viewing portions of the officers’ body camera videos it was made abundantly clear that Damion McRae seems to compelled to kill anyone that might have come across his path. This is an evil man.

And so it seems justifiably so, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley called Sunday’s attack on these police officers an “ambush” and an “assassination attempt.”

However, there are those who are trying to dispute Cranley claim by saying; calling the shooting of Grubbs an ambush would imply McRae was waiting for police with the intention of attacking them. There have been several high-profile police ambushes in recent years. For all practical purposes, Mr. McRae was waiting in the court yard of the apartment complex.

Cincinnati Police Chief Isaac

Additionally, Cincinnati Police Chief Isaac commented, “We are grateful for the safety of our two officers in this violent confrontation.  Their brave action demonstrated courage under fire, amazing restraint, and is a true testament to their training.  We will work closely with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office to ensure Mr. McRae is held accountable for this heinous act to the fullest extent of the law.”

Sadly! Sadly, McRae’s criminal record began with guns at 18 when he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Consecutive to violating community control, he was sentenced to five months in prison.

In 2003, he was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and sentenced to seven months in prison after Judge Steven Martin determined McRae was not suited for probation. in 2006, McRae was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and sentenced to six months in prison.

Seemingly as McRae’s criminal record grew longer, his sentences grew lighter and lighter.

According to a 2016 annual report, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction commence emphasizing an enhancement of a community-based supervision by encouraging local courts to establish “goals of reducing community control violators and Felony 4 and Felony 5 commitments to prison.”

Apparently, judges were discouraged from locking up lower-level offenders which includes offenders such as McRae. Clearly, Damion McRae not worthy to have been released from prison.

Deters believes this a joke. “We respond to the parole board in every case when they’re trying to let somebody out” Evidently Deters  is a firm believer that McRae was “Somebody with a bunch of low-level felonies, they don’t want in prison, period.”

According to WCPO TV 9 – I-Team said; “during an investigation of sentences   McRae was convicted on heroin traffickers in Hamilton County. In that investigation it was discovered that during the previous year, convicted heroin traffickers were sentenced to community control in four out of 10 cases, and dealers with repeated felony convictions for drug trafficking were also receiving probation. One of them is Damion McRae.”

Finally, Based on the fundamental of Prosecutor Deters commentary; “This is another example of officers simply doing their job yet putting their lives at risk.  When they responded to this call, they had no way to know that an armed assassin was waiting for them.  Fortunately, their training and judgment saved them and both police officers are alive today.  Their actions were entirely appropriate and commendable and no charges would even be considered against them.  McRae, however, faces some of the most serious charges allowed by Ohio law.”

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.