Police: Officer kills man holding pharmacist at knifepoint

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

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said officers responded at about 2:30 a.m. 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 caller told a dispatcher. The caller said he couldn’t tell if the man was armed and he wasn’t sure what was going on. He added, though, that “it looks a little suspect.”

Two officers arrived to find a man holding the pharmacist “hostage with a knife at her throat,” Bucheit said. The chief said the man 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 said the man used a knife to force the pharmacist to take money from “the cash drawer.”

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

Police said the officer who shot the man 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 man and armed robberies at other pharmacies in the region.