Prosecutor: Officer-involved shooting during Cincinnati bank robbery was justified
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the fatal officer-involved shooting at a Fifth Third Bank will not even be taken to a grand jury. Deters said the incident "was as clean a police-involved shooting that I've ever seen."
Deters, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac and Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco released the May 25 surveillance video from inside the Madisonville bank. Terry Frost, 20, was killed.
Deters says it took just two seconds for Frost to enter the Madison Road bank and vault over the teller's desk. He went straight to a teller who was counting $90,000 from an ATM. Deters says "it would be hard to believe he didn't know that money was sitting there."
Officer Kevin Hankerson was off-duty and working a security detail at the bank. He quickly raised his gun toward Frost, who was pointing a grocery bag-covered hand toward the teller. Hankerson pushed another bank employee out of the way and fired two shots at Frost, as Frost was trying to make his escape.
"Officer Hankerson committed a great act of bravery in his actions and he should be commended for what he did," said Deters.
Sammarco says he was shot in the back with an exit wound in his chest. It didn't hit an aorta, which is how Frost was able to run off. He was found dead in a wooded area on Ebersole.
If Terry Frost did try to fire his gun, he was unsuccessful because he had the wrong type of ammunition in his gun. Police confirmed to FOX 45 sister station Local 12 in Cincinnati that Frost was carrying a .38 Special but had loaded .380 ammo.
Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said there had been an attempt to fire the gun but they can't be sure it was during that robbery at the Fifth Third Bank on Madison Road.
Frost's father said Thursday that he knew his son made a bad choice but doesn't believe he should have died. "The 20-year-old man committed a senseless and violent act," said Deters, "but he's still somebody's kid. I think the chief will agree with me, it's still a very sad time for his family."