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Cincinnati Officer and Suspect Killed in Exchange of Gunfire

June 19, 2015  | 

Officer Sonny Kim (Photo: Cincinnati PD)
Officer Sonny Kim (Photo: Cincinnati PD)

Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran with the Cincinnati Police Department was shot and killed Friday morning during a shootout in Madisonville, leaving the department in mourning and a neighborhood on edge.

Kim reportedly was answering a 911 call about a man behaving erratically. When he arrived on scene, the suspect opened fire, and the two men exchanged multiple shots.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell confirmed that the suspect in the shooting is also dead. He's been identified to The Enquirer as Trepierre Hummons.

Hummons posted a message on his Facebook status at 8:55 a.m. It read, "I love every last one of y'all to whoever has been in my life ... You're the real mvp," Cincinnati.com reports.

Blackwell declined to provide any information about what might have led to the shootout.

Kim, 48, had immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1973. He was a well-respected officer who had earned 22 commendations and was praised in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Justice for his service.


Comments (5)

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James E Murphy Jr @ 6/20/2015 8:26 AM

My Condolences To The Officers Family And To The Cincinnati Police Dept He Worked For. You Never Know What The Call You Are Going To Will Be!

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/20/2015 10:49 AM

This 911 call stinks to high heaven of a set up to ambush officer or officers. Rest in Peace Officer Kim and may God bless your family and watch over them. Sincere condolences to the Cincinnati Police Dept.

bob retired leo @ 6/21/2015 10:36 PM

RIP, Off. KIM....In your last noble actions you took down the perp and defended yourself and the citizens of your town.

TX Lawman @ 6/22/2015 6:16 AM

Prayers to the family of Officer Sonny Kim. The Thin Blue Line just got thinner. Thank you for your service Officer Kim. Your shift has ended, we'll take it from here.

BT @ 6/22/2015 8:32 AM

I agree with you Jon. Sounds like an ambush and/or suicide by cop.

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