PRESS RELEASE, 12/2/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces conclusion of investigation into the murder of Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim and the justifiable homicide of Trepierre Hummons

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the investigation into the shooting of Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim is concluded.  No criminal charges will be filed.

On June 19, 2015 Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim responded to 4530 Whetsel Avenue in Madisonville in response to a 911 call for a man with a gun.   

Officer Kim was the first officer to respond and when he arrived at the scene, he was shot by Trepierre Hummons.  Hummons then shot at a Hamilton County Probation Officer who was in the area.  Cincinnati Police Specialist Thomas Sandmann responded to the scene and Hummons fired at him.  Specialist Sandmann returned fire and shot Hummons. 

Both Officer Kim and Hummons died from their gunshot wounds.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled their deaths homicides by means of gunshot wounds.

After an investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department and a review by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, no criminal charges are appropriate and none will be filed.

The video of the incident (50:17 minutes), recorded from dash cam video by the officer who responded to the scene after Officer Kim had been shot, will be released today.  A shortened and edited version (30 seconds), blocking the image of Officer Kim, will also be released today.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Our community still mourns the loss of Officer Kim who was doing his job when he responded to a 911 call.  Little did he know that the 911 caller was intent upon luring police to the scene with the express purpose of engaging in a shoot-out with the responding officers.   Officer Kim and the other responding officer acted properly and followed all Cincinnati Police Department policies and procedures as well as state laws.  The investigation is now closed and, hopefully, our community can remember all of the wonderful qualities of Officer Kim and begin the healing process.”