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CPD Chief: Officers involved in fatal shooting in "fight for survival"

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Cincinnati police officers shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in Walnut Hills early Tuesday morning.

Donyale Rowe was killed after officers said he pointed a gun at them.  Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell released new information Tuesday afternoon. He said he had every reason to believe his officers were in line with policy and training and that they were in a, "fight for survival."

Officers pulled a car over on Gilbert Avenue at Dixmont for a traffic violation shortly after midnight. The officers noted the car windows were tinted very dark.

The male driver and a female passenger got out of the car. A man in the back seat, identified as 37-year-old Donyale Rowe, got out and he apparently tried to break away from the officers. They tried to use a taser, but it wasn't effective.

The officers and Rowe scuffled. That could be heard on a cruiser's dashboard camera, but the scuffle took place off camera. Officers had seen that Rowe had a gun. At some point during the struggle, Blackwell said Rowe had the gun to one officer's cheek.
Officers eventually fired six shots at Rowe. Two hit him. He died at the hospital.

The woman, who was in the car with Rowe, took off during the struggle. Police caught up with her later in the day. She told them she heard Rowe say he was going to shoot the police as he got out the car.

Rowe has previous felony convictions. That means he cannot legally own a gun. Blackwell said Rowe was on parole for a 2006 conviction in which he served 40 months and that parole was about to be revoked because he had a gun.

Police said they found drugs in the car that was stopped and on Rowe.  The officers involved in the incident are on administrative leave which is standard in shooting cases.

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