CINCINNATI (AP) — A police chief says an officer who fatally shot a woman armed with a knife outside an apartment complex in southwest Ohio faced an immediate threat to his life.
Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig told reporters Sunday that the investigation into 26-year-old Erica Collins' death is continuing. But Craig says his initial opinion is that the shooting was justified.
Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Williams says Officer Matthew Latzy was responding to a report of a family dispute when Collins approached him outside the building. She says witnesses report Collins refused Latzy's order to put the knife down.
Williams says Collins was shot twice and died at the scene Saturday.
The family's attorney told The Cincinnati Enquirer that witnesses told him no one was in imminent harm when Collins was shot.