Police Say Man Shot by Officers in Madisonville Called 911 Himself


( Cincinnati ) - The man who called 911 about a person acting erratically in Bramble Park on Thursday was the man with a knife that responding police confronted.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac held a news conference on Friday to update the public on Thursday's officer-involved shooting. The chief says it was 23-year-old Devin Johnson who called 911 to report "a man with a knife acting wild right now." The chief says Officers Al and Kevin Brown were dispatched, and both officers gave multiple commands to drop the knife. Johnson allegedly refused and deliberately walked toward Officer Al Brown. It was Officer Al Brown who shot Johnson three times.

Johnson was taken to UC Medical Center, and Chief Isaac says he's now in critical but stable condition. The chief says he's seen the body cam footage, and he believes the officers followed proper procedure when it comes to use of force. Johnson has no criminal record, but Chief Isaac says he does have some mental health issues.

Body cam footage won't be released until the prosecutor's review is complete.

This is the first officer-involved shooting of 2019 in Cincinnati.

The case is eerily similar to the death of Officer Sonny Kim in 2015. Officer Kim was killed in the line of duty in Madisonville, and the suspect in that case, Trepierre Hummons, also called 911 to bring officers to the area.