Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed in the September 11, 2021 shooting death of Cierra Allen.

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, Ms. Allen and the shooter were involved in a physical altercation at a Youth Football event. When the physical altercation ended, the shooter left the scene and returned to the shooter’s home.

Several hours later, Ms. Allen was on the shooter’s doorstep banging on the door. The shooter, in fear for her safety, approached her front door with a firearm. When the shooter opened the door, Ms. Allen charged at her and the shooter fired one shot. Ms. Allen collapsed at the scene and was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The shooter attempted to render aid to Ms. Allen on-scene and called 911 to report the incident.

Upon investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department, it was determined that Ms. Allen and the shooter were known to each other and had previously been friends. It was also determined that Ms. Allen had been the aggressor in the original physical altercation. The shooter in this case suffered visible injury as a result of that attack.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “This, by all accounts, is a tragic situation. I understand the Chase Law School community is grieving their classmate, and her family and her children are grieving their loved one.

But, Ms. Allen came to this woman’s home, after physically harming her once already that night, and made this woman fear for her life. This is clearly self-defense.”