Fallen Officer Sonny Kim was karate Sensei

CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- Officer Sonny Kim was a 27 year veteran of the Cincinnati police department. He died Friday, June 19, after a confrontation in the street with a suspect. His supervisor called Kim, "the consummate policeman." Kim was honored with more than 20 commendations in his career.Officers responded to Whetsel Avenue and Roe Street in Madisonville just after 9 a.m. Friday morning on reports of a man acting erratically with a gun. Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said there was a struggle in the street. Officer Kim was shot. Medics rushed him to University Hospital but doctors were not able to save him.Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said, "CPD lost one of its best today. We lost a brother. But right now my heart is broken more for his three boys who lost their father and his wife who lost her husband."The suspect involved in the confrontation was identified as 21-year-old Trepierre Hummons. He also died Friday.Besides being a decorated police officer, Sonny Kim was also highly respected in the world of karate. He taught students all across the area. Kim was an expert in the discipline of Shotokan Karate. He taught at the Williams YMCA and the Madisonville Community Center, in the same community where he was shot. For almost 19 years, he ran a dojo, or karate studio, on Montgomery Road in Symmes Township. Kim was not only a Sensei, or instructor, but he was also a judge and examiner for the World Traditional Karate Organization. According to the dojo's website his focus was on, "conveying the importance of details and how they come together to produce powerful technique and confident students." Dr. Lisa McHahan opened her vet hospital next door five years ago. She also lives in the Kim family's neighborhood and said, "They've been neighbors of ours for a very long time so immediately felt for the kids and his wife. He's a very nice, calm, quiet guy so shock. It's very, very sad...Very sad."Local 12 News spoke with a number of police officers who knew Sonny Kim over the years. They didn't really want to talk on camera.


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