The Latest: Police ID suspect fatally shot by Ohio officer


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio officer’s fatal shooting of a suspect at an Ohio drugstore (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Police in southwest Ohio have identified the man they say held a knife to a pharmacist’s throat and was fatally shot by an officer.

Hamilton police say 34-year-old Kelley Brandon Forte, of Cincinnati, didn’t comply with police commands and was shot after a brief confrontation early Monday.

Hamilton’s police chief says officers had responded to a 911 call about someone jumping over a counter in the pharmacy area of a Walgreens store and found the suspect holding a pharmacist hostage. The pharmacist wasn’t hurt.

Police say investigators are trying to confirm the timeline of what happened, and they expect the case will be presented sometime this week to a grand jury that could consider whether any charges are merited.

Officials didn’t immediately release details about the officers who were involved.

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10:45 a.m.

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.