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More details in officer shooting of juvenile armed robbery suspect
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) A Colerain Police detective shot a juvenile armed robbery suspect in the hand during an attempted arrest Friday afternoon.
Colerain police say they were attempting to arrest three suspects who allegedly committed two armed robberies earlier the week. The scam, according to police, stems from Craigslist. The suspects would lure victims pretending to sell electronics and would then robbed them at gunpoint.
Just days after two similar armed robberies, police set up a meet with the suspects. One undercover detective met with one of the suspects, a woman, outside a home on Oak Knoll Drive. However, before any dealings, a male juvenile approached the detective and pulled out a gun.
"The male suspect got into the back seat of the detectives car and point the .45 caliber handgun at the detectives head," said Colerain Police Chief Mike Denney.
Colerain police say the gun was loaded. With a loaded gun to his head, Chief Denney says the detective bailed from the car, the two suspects also left the car and attempted to run. More detectives were in the area and confronted the gun carrying suspect.
Moments later a Colerain Police detective fired at the juvenile.
"The armed suspect was struck in the hand, causing the suspect to drop the weapon," said Chief Denney.
Police arrested at least two of the three suspects. North College Hill Police expect the juvenile to at least be facing aggravated robbery and expect the woman to be facing complicity charges.
The Colerain detective who fired at the suspect has been place on a three day administrative leave, which is standard.
Sitting on his porch down the street from the scene, Jim Waller says he saw officers put one of the suspects in a police car after being arrested.
"He had his hands cuffed behind his back and they stuck him in the back seat, like you would expect them to do," said Waller.
Cincinnati Police and Colerain Police are conducting investigations into Friday's shooting. Additional charges are expected to filed against the male juvenile who pointed a loaded gun at a police officer.
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