Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officers in the July 4th officer involved shooting in Bramble Park.
On July 4th at approximately 10:21 a.m. the police received a 911 call to respond to Bramble Park located at 6395 Bramble Avenue regarding a man with a knife. The caller described the man as a male black wearing an orange shirt and khaki pants. The caller said that the man had a knife and was acting “crazy.”
District 2 Cincinnati Police Officers Albert Brown and Kevin Brown responded to the park at approximately 10:26 a.m. When they arrived they encountered the man, now known as Devin Johnson (DOB 9/18/95), with the knife walking toward them. Despite repeated commands by the officers to drop the knife, Johnson continued to approach them with the knife. Officer Albert Brown fired 3 shots at Johnson and struck him 3 times.
The officers called for medical assistance for Johnson and Officer Kevin Brown performed CPR on Johnson. Johnson was transported to University Hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.
The officers recovered at the scene Johnson’s 11 inch knife with a 7 inch blade.
Johnson is now charged with Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and Aggravated Menacing (Misdemeanor 1). Through police investigation, it was also determined that Johnson placed the 911 call to the police.
Both officers’ body cameras captured the incident.
Prosecutor Deters commented, “I reviewed both officers’ body camera videos and talked with Chief Isaac and other police investigators.
After a thorough review of the incident, it is absolutely clear that the officers acted appropriately and followed their training. They were confronted with a man with a deadly weapon who refused their numerous lawful commands to drop his weapon; they had no choice but to shoot. Officer Albert Brown acted heroically and saved the lives of other officers and possibly civilians.
Johnson refused to follow lawful orders while threatening the officers with a deadly weapon and they had every right to use deadly force.”
The Cincinnati Police Department will release the body camera video later today.