Enquirer News Update   -   Updated 6:40 p.m.

No indictment for man who shot accused bank robber

A Hamilton County grand jury today declined to indict Harold McKinney, a Citizens on Patrol Program member who police say shot a man May 8 as the man was robbing a Northside bar.

Grand jurors ignored charges of felonious assault and carrying a gun in a liquor establishment, charges police had brought against McKinney, 54, of Northside.

The grand jury indicted Joseph Person, 18, who was shot, and his accused accomplice, DeMeico Hester, 18, on five charges of aggravated robbery and four counts of robbery.

Hester, who has a past criminal conviction and is not permitted to possess a firearm, was additionally indicted on a charge of having a weapon under disability.

If convicted, the men face a sentence of up to 53 years in prison.

Person, who was shot in the head, has been released from the hospital. Both suspects are being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Police say McKinney shot Person while Person and Hester were robbing Junker's Tavern on Langland Avenue shortly after 11 p.m.

Citizens on Patrol Program members are not permitted to carry weapons or intervene in a crime in progress, however McKinney was in the bar as a patron, not a program member.