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Cincinnati police fatally shoot man who they say pulled gun on them during traffic stop


CINCINNATI — Cincinnati's police chief said Tuesday that preliminary investigation indicated that two officers responded appropriately when they opened fire and killed an armed man after an early morning traffic stop.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said the man had a handgun pointed near one of the officer's faces before he was shot shortly before 1 a.m. EDT Tuesday in the Walnut Hills neighborhood. Blackwell said the man had a history of resisting police and he called the shooting "appropriate and necessary" according to preliminary findings.

"We believe at this point that the officers' actions were all in line with training and policy," Blackwell told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Blackwell identified the slain man as Donyale Rowe, 37, of Cincinnati. A message was left Tuesday for an attorney who had represented him in the past.

The slain man was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation. Police said he ran away from the officers, then pulled the gun. Initial investigation didn't indicate the man fired, but the loaded gun was found next to him, police said. He died at a hospital.

Police said officers had fired six shots, hitting the man twice. Investigation into the officers' actions will continue.

Blackwell, who went to the scene early Tuesday, said the officers involved were "a bit shaken up," but weren't wounded.

"We don't come to work and want to have to use deadly force," he said.

Police said the driver was taken into custody, while a female passenger ran away during the violent confrontation.

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