Saturday, June 12, 2004

Public safety briefs

Police use Taser to stop 12-year-old wielding knife

Staff/Wire reports

ADDYSTON - A 12-year-old boy was shot with a Taser gun after threatening to stab and shoot his family and police Friday.

Police said the boy was stabbing furniture with butcher knives in his family's apartment and trying to get to the family's gun safe when an officer from nearby Cleves went to the apartment and told him to drop the weapons.

The boy refused and came within five feet of the officer before the officer shot him with the Taser, a gun that fires barbs that deliver an electric shock to temporarily disable a suspect.

The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for evaluation.

No charges were filed.

Col. Mark Demeropolis, chief of the Cleves Police Department, said the officer could have used deadly force if there had not been a Taser available.

Woman walking in Lower Price Hill shot, killed

PRICE HILL - A Westwood woman was shot to death Friday as she walked along State Avenue in Lower Price Hill.

The death was the 37th homicide in Cincinnati this year - compared with 31 as of this date last year. That is an increase of more than 19 percent over 2003, which went on to become a 26-year record high for killings with 75.

Authorities said Lakessa Tait, 30, was leaving work at the Kroger warehouse about 4 p.m. when a man shot her several times.

Several witnesses told police a black male with braids, a light blue long-sleeved shirt and tan pants fled toward Harrison Avenue and Beekman Street. Detectives signed an aggravated murder warrant on Frederick Willis, also known as Frederick Wills, 33, of Walnut Hills. Willis was in a prior relationship with Tait, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers: 352-3040.

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