Police: Cop kills suspect holding pharmacist at knifepoint

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

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said officers responded about 2:30 a.m. Monday to 911 calls about someone jumping over a counter in the pharmacy area of a Walgreens store in the city about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

“Dude hopped the counter,” a man told a dispatcher in one of the calls. He said he couldn’t tell if the person was armed and he wasn’t sure what was going on, but he added that “it looks a little suspect.”

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

The pharmacist was “shook up,” but wasn’t injured, and neither of the officers was injured, the chief said.

A police report says the suspect used a knife to force the pharmacist to take money from “the cash drawer.”

Police were still trying to identify the suspect, who was believed to be a man in his 20s, Bucheit said.

Police didn’t immediately identify the officer who shot the suspect, other than to say that he is a 33-year-old department veteran of nine years. The other officer is a 23-year-old woman who has been with the department for a year. She didn’t fire any shots, Bucheit said.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, according to department policy.

Other details of the shooting weren’t immediately released.

The investigation was continuing, and police were reviewing store video. They said they also were checking to see if there was any connection between the suspect and armed robberies at other pharmacies in the region.

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