PRESS RELEASE, 9/27/2017

Hamilton County Prosecutor announces no charges in shooting in South Fairmount

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed in the September 20th attempted robbery of the Sam’s Quick Market located in the 1900 block of Harrison Avenue in South Fairmount.

On September 20th at approximately 9:30 p.m. Hananiah Israel (DOB  5-25-83) entered the Quick Market armed with a Jimenez Arms 9 mm pistol and pointed the gun at the store clerks and demanded money.  One of the clerks shouted for Israel to put down his weapon while the other clerk complied with his demands and threw cash across the counter toward him.  As Israel bent down to pick up the money, the clerk fired one shot at Israel. 

The store clerks called 911 and Cincinnati Police responded.  Israel was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

Store video captured the entire incident.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “I have said before and I will say it again- - if you enter a store armed with a weapon and demand money, you forfeit your right not to be shot.  In this case the clerks did everything right.  They asked Israel to put down the gun and when Israel did not do that, he was shot. No charges are going to be filed against the clerk.  He acted to protect himself and the other clerk in the store.”