POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2009 - 12:08pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm
Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher used video from police cruisers and surveillance cameras Wednesday morning to explain a fatal shootout the previous day involving his officers.
Streicher said that Specialist Greg Toyeas pulled over Randolph Ward after Ward cut the officer off in traffic.
Video from Toyeas' cruiser showed the officer questioning Ward, try to get Ward out of the car and then pull his gun as Ward ran from the car with his own gun in his right hand.
Toyeas and Officer Jerome Enneking chased Ward over a railroad embankment, where Officer William Watts fired at Ward at least twice, and down into a parking lot, where Streicher said Ward pointed a gun at two employees of Bob Sumerel Tire and tried to take their truck.
The police chief said the truck was locked in place and couldn't move because of a hydraulic stabilizer.
At that point, video showed Officer Shyane Baker approach the truck and shock Ward twice with a Taser gun before Ward fired three shots at her, Streicher said.
Enneking and Officer Kevin Newman then opened fire on Ward, firing 17 shots between them and hitting Ward several times, Streicher said.
Baker told investigators that she believed Newman's actions saved her life.
"Newman says he can actually see the slide going back and forth on the guy's gun," Streicher said. "He can actually see the slide going back, now that happens extremely rapidly. That's how much your senses slow down so you can absorb information."
27-year-old Ward died at the scene. "The day ended in tragedy because of the decisions of Mr. Ward," said Mayor Mark Mallory. Ward's mother said she doesn't blame police for his death that she considers suicide. Christel Johnson, of Cincinnati, said her son was worried about going back to jail. Court records show Ward was wanted for allegedly violating his probation on a felony firearms conviction.
Johnson said Ward missed probation appointments because he couldn't find a job and knew he would be sent to jail, and she said her son sent a text message to his brother before Tuesday's shooting, asking him to take care of her.
Streicher said the officers acted to protect lives and will be the first to receive a planned police medal for their actions. "Greg Toyeas could have very easily be dead, and Jerry Enneking can very easily be dead," Streicher said.