Hamilton police officer fatally shoots man holding ‘butcher knife’

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Hamilton police officer fatally shoots man holding ‘butcher knife’

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police.

Police were called to a report of a shooting around 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive, said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit.

When the officer arrived “he was immediately confronted by an armed subject,” Bucheit said.

That person, a white man who was about 20 years but that police have not yet named, was armed with what was described as a butcher knife.

“There was a brief confrontation and in that confrontation the officer discharged his weapon,” Bucheit said.

The man died at the scene and no other person was found shot at the scene, according to police.

The identity of the deceased man will not be released until after his next of kin are notified and an autopsy is completed by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. That will likely be Monday, according to the police chief.

Bucheit also said the identity of the officer involved in the shooting will not be released until Monday. Bucheit said the officer involved was not injured.

The officer has been interviewed and is “being processed as part of the investigation,” Bucheit said.

The investigation is ongoing and police are interviewing witnesses who were at the scene.

One parking lot section of the apartment complex remained roped off by crime scene tape at 8:30 p.m. Saturday as officers continued to investigate.

A witness told this news outlet that he saw the man facing the officer, and that when he took two steps toward the officer, the officer fired twice.

“He took like two steps and boom, boom and he just fell down,” the man, who did not want to be named, said, adding he did not hear any conversation between the officer and the man.

According to the witness, the man had a black scarf around his mouth.

“He may have had a conversation with him (the officer) I don’t know,” he said.

The results of the investigation will be turned over to the Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser and will be presented to a grand jury.

“All life is sacred,” Bucheit said, noting that is why it is important that there be a thorough investigation.

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