Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Police Officer Kenneth Grubbs was shot early Sunday morning by a felon who was on probation.
According to Cincinnati.com, the incident began shortly after midnight at a Walnut Hills apartment in the 2600 block of Gilbert Avenue. The girlfriend of suspect Damion McRae, called police and said that her live-in boyfriend needed to leave, that he had just assaulted her, spit on her and threw her phone.
Cincinnati Police Officer Grubbs responded along with his partner Officer William Keuper.
In a statement on Monday, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Issac said that Officer Grubbs encountered an individual that matched the description given by the caller. He said that as Officer Grubbs approached the suspect, "the individual immediately drew a 9mm rifle that he had concealed...and fired a shot striking Officer Grubbs in the lower abdomen."
Officer Grubbs returned fire as he fell to the ground, while Officer Keuper also returned fire. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and remains hospitalized in stable condition. He is a 19-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department. Officer Kueper is an 18-year veteran and was not injured.
McRae was shot during the gunfight although it has not been determined which officer shot him. After being shot, he was held at gunpoint until more officers arrived, and then taken into custody. He had a folding Kel-Tec Sub 2000 9mm carbine with an extended magazine and a single-action .22 revolver in his possession.
Chief Issac said that McRae was able to fire two rounds from the rifle before it jammed. A bullet from either Officer Grubbs or Officer Keuper also struck the rifle, shattering the plastic guard covering the barrel.
In October, 2016, Damion McRae was convicted of trafficking heroin and cocaine, and aggravated drug trafficking, both felonies. Not only was he a convicted felon and not allowed to possess firearms, he was a few months into a two-year probation. Let that sink in: he was convicted only a few months ago and he was a few months into his probation on multiple felony charges.
Damion McRae and Officer Kenneth Grubbs were both transported to a local hospital where they are both expected to recover.
"This was essentially an ambush," Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said during a press conference. "This guy McRae just started shooting at cops. ... This is not OK. This is not OK to be shooting at cops. This is wrong. This is evil. And we won't stand for it. We're going to throw the book at this guy."
Damion McRae will face charges of attempted murder and having weapons under disability.
If McRae had been in prison as he should have been, this incident wouldn't have happened and Officer Kenneth Grubbs wouldn't have been shot.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Kenneth Grubbs, and we wish him a speedy recovery.