An investigation is underway after a 28-year-old Ohio man died Tuesday, a day after he was shot by police who believed he was a housebreaking suspect, as, his household says, he was cleaning out his late grandmother’s residence.
Joe Frasure was shot at early Monday in Wyoming, a metropolis of about 9,000 about 12 miles north of downtown Cincinnati. He was hospitalized and died Tuesday, in response to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Workplace.
Wyoming police mentioned officers responded to an apartment constructing within the 300 block of Durrell Avenue shortly earlier than 1 a.m. for a report that two to a few individuals had been attempting to interrupt right into a residence.
The 911 caller mentioned the apartment ought to have been vacant.
Responding officers heard exercise on the rear of the constructing and encountered Frasure and his father within the rear driveway, Police Chief Brooke Brady mentioned in a video assertion.
She mentioned Frasure was in a minivan and refused instructions to exit.
“The minivan reversed at a excessive price of velocity, earlier than hitting a tree, at which level the automobile accelerated quickly at our officers,” she mentioned. “The officers fired 4 pictures on the minivan as the minivan was accelerating in direction of them.”
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s workplace mentioned Frasure was struck within the gunfire.
After the taking pictures, the automobile struck the constructing.
“With the automobile smoking and the engine nonetheless operating, our officers pressured their approach into the minivan and pulled Mr. Frasure from it. They then offered life-saving care and he was transported to College Hospital,” she mentioned.
His trigger and method of loss of life haven’t been launched.
Brady mentioned that she has reviewed officer bodycam video of the incident and that it has been shared with the sheriff’s workplace and the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Workplace, that are investigating.
“It is a tragedy for all concerned,” Brady mentioned. “Our ideas and prayers go out to the household presently.”
Police didn’t reply to requests for additional particulars. The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned the matter remains to be below investigation.
Frasure’s household has disputed the police account, saying he was not a housebreaking suspect. Moderately, they are saying he and his father had been clearing out an apartment his grandmother lived in earlier than she lately died, NBC affiliate WLWT of Cincinnati reported.
His sister, Shonda Coleman, advised the station: “I didn’t hear none of that. I didn’t hear no instructions. All I heard is pop, pop, pop, pop. Like, it was, like, 10 rounds.
“I wish to see the bodycam. I need all of the cops that was right here, each one in every of them that was right here, I need their info,” she mentioned.