The officer involved, who has not been identified, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation with the sheriff’s office and Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office. There is no body camera or cruiser camera video in this case, Bartlett said.
Neighbors on all four sides heard shots in bursts. Up the hill at a nearby drive-thru, clerk Bini Yohaaes said he noticed a police officer pulling someone over. He looked away, telling WCPO he sees police pull over a lot of people in the area.
Then, he heard gunfire and saw the officer hiding behind a cruiser.
“First he ran, a couple shots. Then after he ran, like five shots,” Yohaaes said.
Brianna Hunter, an 11th-grader at Withrow High School, was on her way home on a school bus nearing Linden Street when she saw the officer pulling Barnes over.
“All we saw coming down the street, the police officer had a car pulled over I guess,” Hunter said. “The officer said something. I don’t know what he said. That’s when the officer pulled the gun out. All we heard was gunshots.”
Other neighbors said they heard four shots, a pause, followed by four more shots. Then, cruisers pulled up from Saint Bernard, three Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies, a Cincinnati police officer and an ambulance.
Cecil Rodgers, a nearby resident who was sitting in his kitchen at the time of the shooting, found bullets lodged in the side of his home.
“We ended up with one bullet hitting our window,” he said. “It’s lodged in the window casing now with several other bullets scattered around. But we’re lucky that it didn’t come on through for us.”
And while neighbor John Gibson’s nearby home wasn’t struck like the Rodgers,' he was shaken.
“It’s kind of scary,” Gibson said. “I mean I could’ve been outside. I mean, anything could have happened.”
Darlene Hail, who lives with her family nearby, said it was an unusual incident for the quiet street.
“The way this happened it was really scary — I was literally walking down the steps to bring my dog out. I thought it was a car backfiring,” she said. “Had I been down there five minutes earlier, I would’ve been in the middle of it.”
Linden Street began to clear by 6:30 p.m. as crews removed the truck Barnes was driving from the scene. The street has since reopened.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040 or the Hamilton County Sheriff Criminal Investigative Section at (513) 851-6000.