Joe Fraser, 28, died Tuesday, a day after Wyoming police officers. sShot him four times while behind the wheel of a minivan.
An investigation is underway after a 28-year-old Ohio man died Tuesday. A day after he was shot and killed by police who believed. He was a burglary suspect who, his family says, was cleaning out his late grandmother’s home.
Wyoming police said officers responded. To an apartment building in the 300 block of Durrell Avenue shortly. Before 1 a.m. for a report that two to three people were trying to break into a house.
The 911 caller said the apartment was supposed to be empty.
Police Chief Brooke Brady said in a video statement. That responding officers heard activity behind the building. And encountered Fraser and her father in the rear driveway.
He said Fraser was in a minivan and refused orders to exit.
“The minivan overturned at a high rate of speed before striking a tree. At which point our officers sped away,” he said. “The officers fired four shots. Into the minivan as the minivan accelerated toward them.”
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said Fraser was wounded in the gunfight.
After firing, the vehicle crashed into the building.
“With the car smoking and the engine still running, our officers forced their way into the minivan. And pulled Mr. Fraser out. They then administered life-saving care. And he was taken to University Hospital,” he said. The cause and manner of his death have not been released.
Brady said he has reviewed officer bodycam video of the incident. And it has been shared with the sheriff’s office. And the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, who are investigating.
“It’s a tragedy for everyone involved,” Brady said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family now.”
Police did not respond to requests for further details. The prosecutor’s office said the matter is still under investigation.
Fraser’s family disputed the police account, saying he was not a suspect in the burglary. Rather, they said he and his father recently cleaned. Out the apartment his grandmother lived in before she died. TTN affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati reported.
His sister, Shonda Coleman, told the station: “I didn’t hear anything about it. I did not hear any orders. All I heard was pop, pop, pop, pop. Like, had 10 rounds.
“I want to see the bodycam. I want all the police that were here, everybody that was here, I want their information,” he said.