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Police Chief Speaks on Officer Firing Weapon

COLLEGE HILL, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Cincinnati's police chief is defending the officer who fired her weapon at a suspect who now faces charges in the incident from Wednesday afternoon.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell met with reporters in a press conference Thursday where he explained what happened when Officer Sabreen Robinson fired her weapon at a suspect.

Chief Blackwell says a car driven by a woman pulled up next to Robinson's cruiser in the parking lot of A and S Fashions in College Hill.  Blackwell says a woman got out and said her boyfriend, Michael Reese, was in the back seat and refused to get out.

Robinson approached the vehicle and ordered Reese out of the car a dozen times.  Blackwell says Reese refused and said, 'You're going to have to shoot me' as he moved erratically.

At some point Robinson told investigators Reese made a movement and she thought he was reaching for a gun.  Robinson fired into the window but didn't hit Reese. 

What Officer Robinson thought was a gun ended up being a pair of black gloves.

When asked if he thought Officer Robinson did the right thing, Chief Blackwell said, "What we do know is that every officer has a different fear threshold.  And through proper training that our academy officers and personnel, we believe that they are trained maximally to handle situations like this.  So, we weren't there even though at some point I am going to have to rule on the propriety of the shooting.  At this point it appears that based on the totality of circumstances that she did everything within policy." 

Chief Blackwell went on to say he is not making a ruling right now; he is not saying whether this shooting was justified or not justified.  Several investigations of the incident are going on at this time.

Blackwell says Michael Reese had some warrants out for his arrest and he has a history of mental illness.  He will be charged with obstruction of justice.

Officer Robinson is on a standard administrative leave.  She has fired her weapon in the past.  She shot two dogs that were attacking someone.

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