Police Chief: Man Killed By Police Drew Gun

Cincinnati Police

(Cincinnati) - The man killed by Cincinnati Police last week pulled a pellet gun on officers.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac held a press conference Monday detailing last Friday's incident on Victory Parkway.  

Isaac said police were serving a robbery warrant on James Clay in an apartment at 2630 Victory Parkway.  Clay, 20, was wanted for robbing a Boost Mobile store. 

When police entered the apartment, which is part of Talbert House, Clay refused to cooperate.  An officer threatened to use a Taser on Clay and then Isaac says Clay grabbed his wrist.

Clay can be seen in body camera video reaching for what turned out to be a pellet gun and lunging at offices.  Isaac said the gun in the video was a steel pellet gun, but officers had no way of knowing it. 

Isaac said that's when Clay charged at Officer Ronald Schultz, causing Officers Steve Bender and Thomas Wells to draw their guns and open. Sixteen total shots were fired.  

Officer Schultz suffered a gunshot to his arm and he is expected to fully recover.  The officers involved in the incident are on a seven day administrative leave. 

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