Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said on Wednesday that the individual who killed Cincinnati police officer Sonny Kim on June 19 had wanted to ambush and murder as many police officers as possible.
“I believe the motivation was, his goal was, to lure and kill as many police officers as he could,” said Deters.
Trepierre Hummons, 21, was killed in a shootout with police after murdering Officer Kim. Had Hummons survived, said Deters, he would have been facing the death penalty.
The incident originated when police received a 911 call of a belligerent man with a gun. Officer Kim was first to respond on scene and was shot dead by Hummons. Police later determined that Hummons had himself been one of the 911 callers.
Officer Tom Sandmann arrived on scene shortly thereafter and exchanged gunfire with Hummons, killing him.
“He deserves a medal,” said prosecutor Deters of Officer Sandmann. “There could have been a lot more dead police officers.”
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