Saturday, April 03, 1999

Report: Conway's actions correct




BY PHILLIP PINA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A city investigation has found that Cincinnati Police Officer Kathleen Conway responded appropriately during a Feb. 2, 1998, shoot-out that left a suspect dead and Officer Conway in critical condition.

        The Office of Municipal Investigations probe, released Friday, recommends the case be closed. Officer Conway still is undergoing medical treatments and rehabilitation after being shot four times in the lower abdomen by the suspect, Daniel Williams. She has not returned to duty.

        According to police, Mr. Williams, carrying a .357-caliber Magnum, ambushed Officer Conway's cruiser on Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine and shot her. He then pushed the injured officer to the passenger side of the cruiser, jumped in and began to drive away. Pulling out her own gun, holstered on a hip shattered by a gunshot, Officer Conway then shot Mr. Williams. The cruiser crashed into an Over-the-Rhine brewery.

        The investigation said Mr. Williams, after having shot Officer Conway, still had control of his weapon as well as her cruiser. Officer Conway “took appropriate action in returning fire.”

        Cincinnati City Manager John F. Shirey approved the OMI report, officially closing the investigation, said Ernest F. McAdams Jr., an assistant to the city manager. Other probes into the shooting, by police homicide and internal investigations units, have already been closed, Lt. Roger Wolf said.

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