Monday, August 22, 2011

Armed Teen Dies Attempting To Shoot Officer

16-Year-Old Armed Who Pointed Loaded Handgun At Police Officer Killed
Re-printed from a story at WLWT Channel 5 on August 21st 2011

Eight surveillance cameras in the area, including this camera at 5th 3rd Bank, clearly shows video consistent with CPD's account of the events. Video courtesy of WCPO Channel 9.

Cincinnati police released details about the fatal shooting of a teenager at Fountain Square on Saturday. Police Chief James Craig identified the teen as 16-year-old Davon Mullins a juvenile with a Felony Robbery conviction on his record.

Chief Craig said Officer Oscar Cyranak began following Mullins after dispatchers received reports of firearms being thrown into a playground at the Black Family Reunion and then retrieved by teenagers.

When Cyranak confronted Mullins, the two became involved a physical struggle that lasted nearly two minutes, Craig said. The officer attempted to handcuff Mullins, but was unable to.

Cyranak was able to get Mullins into a seated position, but lost control of his right arm, Craig said.

Chief Craig said Mullins was holding a 9 mm high-point semiautomatic handgun in his right hand with the finger on the trigger. The officer told Mullins to drop the gun, Craig said, but Mullins refused.

A preliminary autopsy showed that a single bullet entered Mullins' left shoulder. The bullet punctured both of Mullins' lungs and severed his aorta.

Chief Craig said the incident was caught by eight surveillance cameras in the area, and that the video is consistent with the officer's account of the events.

"The suspect had his finger on the trigger. The officer had no choice," Craig said.

Before the news conference, Chief Craig and Mayor Mark Mallory offered their condolences to Mullins' family.

"Our organization values life and the loss of life is a tragic occurrence that requires a complete and thorough investigation," Craig said.

People leaving the Black Family Reunion said they're angry at the juveniles that started trouble at the celebration. They are calling for stronger parenting.

"We try to come down here and celebrate the Black Family Reunion. They need to be sure who's getting in, and I think what they need to do is for people 18 and below, they need to be with a parent," Theresa Summers said.

The shooting was the second involving a Cincinnati police officer in as many days. On Friday, officers shot a suspect near the intersection of Findlay Avenue and Race Street in Over-the-Rhine. That man is reportedly in critical condition.

WLWT Channel 5, Chief: Teen Was Holding Loaded Gun
WLWT Channel 5, Police Show And Explain Incident
WCPO Channel 9, Police: Teen Had Gun In Hand When Shot