Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officer in the November 30th officer-involved shooting in Colerain Township.
North College Hill police officers attempted to execute a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by Carrington Shropshire (DOB 9/25/1999). Shropshire refused to stop the vehicle and led police on a pursuit into Colerain Township. Officer Zach Elston, with Colerain Township Police Department, picked up the pursuit, but the pursuit was terminated due to inclement weather and poor road conditions. Shropshire continued, wrecking his vehicle into a retaining wall in White Oak.
As Officer Zach Elston and two North College Hill police officers approached the vehicle, Shropshire pointed a firearm at them. In defense of himself and his brother officers, Officer Elston fired multiple shots at Shropshire, striking him three times. Officers recovered a loaded Century Arms 9mm handgun from Shropshire.
Shropshire survived the shooting and was indicted for 3 counts of Felonious Assault (F2) with firearm specifications, and 1 count of Failure to Comply With an Order or Signal of a Police Officer (F3) with firearm specifications. If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 39-51 years in prison.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Officer Elston was 100% justified in shooting Shropshire. He is to be commended for his bravery and quick action in protecting his own life and the lives of his brother officers.”