Police: Cop kills suspect holding pharmacist at knifepoint

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A police chief says an officer fatally shot a suspect who was holding a knife to a pharmacist’s throat in a southwest Ohio drugstore.

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit (BOOH’ kyt) says officers responded about 2:30 a.m. Monday to a 911 call about someone jumping over a counter in the pharmacy area of a Walgreens store.

Bucheit says two officers arrived to find a suspect holding the pharmacist “hostage with a knife at her throat.” The chief says the suspect didn’t comply with police commands and was fatally shot by one of the officers after a brief confrontation. Bucheit says the pharmacist was “shook up,” but not injured.

Bucheit says the suspect wasn’t immediately identified but was believed to be a black male in his 20s. The investigation was continuing.

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