Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers announced that no charges would be filed against Wyoming Police Officers in the January 30th officer-involved shooting of Joe Frasure.
Wyoming Police were dispatched to Durrell Avenue for a burglary in progress. When the Wyoming Police Officers arrived, they encountered two individuals in the rear of an apartment building, later identified as Joe Frasure Jr. (DOB 6/3/94) and his father, Joseph Frasure Sr. (DOB 5/27/70).
Frasure Sr. was standing on the driveway near a grey minivan. The son, Frasure Jr., was behind the wheel of the minivan. Officers shouted multiple commands to both Frasures to stop, put their hands in the air, exit the vehicle and get on the ground. Frasure Sr. did not comply.
Frasure Jr., in an attempt to get away, put his vehicle in reverse and crashed into a tree. The officers continued to shout commands for him to stop and get out of the car. Frasure Jr. remained noncompliant, put the car in drive and quickly accelerated with the clear intent to drive his vehicle straight at the officers. After nearly striking one officer, Frasure Jr. then steered his vehicle in the direction of the other two officers. The officers continued shouting commands to stop while barely escaping the danger of being struck and potentially killed.
In an act of self-defense, both officers discharged a total of four rounds at the suspect as the vehicle sped within feet of them. Several shots struck the vehicle and at least one shot struck Frasure. The vehicle then crashed into the side of the apartment building.
Meanwhile, Frasure Sr. fled on foot and was apprehended several blocks away. Immediately following the crash, officers began lifesaving measures on Frasure Jr. until paramedics arrived and transported him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Frasure Jr. succumbed to his injuries on January 31, 2023.
At the time of the offense, Frasure Jr. was on probation in Indiana for Felony Battery – Victim Under 14 and had an active probation violation warrant. Frasure Jr. was on parole in Kentucky for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and had an active parole violation warrant for absconding
At the time of the offense, Frasure Sr. had a warrant for his arrest relating to a misdemeanor theft charge from December of 2022.
“I know that no police officer ever wants to discharge their service weapon in the line of duty.” said Hamilton County Prosecutor, Melissa Powers. “I am thankful for the thorough and timely investigation completed by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Any loss of life is tragic and our thoughts are with the Wyoming Police Officers who will forever live with this in their memories, their families and our community, as well as the Frasure family.”