A 21-year-old man from Cincinnati shot a police veteran dead after calling 911 on himself in an apparent “suicide by cop”.
Trepierre Hummons, 21, made two 911 calls in which he reported a man with a gun acting erratically, before describing himself in the conversation.
Hummons shot Officer Sonny Kim, 48, the first to respond to his call, before being killed himself in a gunfight with other officers who arrived at the scene, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said on Friday. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Hummons (left), made a haunting 911 call, in which he reported a belligerent young man with a gun, describing himself. Officer Sonny Kim (right) was the first to the scene and was shot.
The suspect posted on Facebook just prior to the shooting and sent several text messages to friends indicating, or demonstrating, that he was planning suicide by cop.
Before calling 911, Hummons posted on Facebook:
I love every last one of y’all to whoever has been in my life …. You’re the real mvp.
2. Trepierre Hummons, 21, posted a last status on Facebook hours before calling 911 on himself and shooting a police officer on the streets of Cincinnati.
During the call, Hummons speaks about a “belligerent” young man “in his early twenties”, who has a gun in his waistband.
He proceeds to describe himself as short and when the operator asks about the man’s race Hummons replies: “a black man, of course”.
Hummons’ mother arrived at the scene of the shooting immediately before the police officer did and attempted to keep him away from Kim before her son started firing, Cincinatti.com reports.
The officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but was still shot multiple times, Blackwell said.
Hummons reportedly fired at a county probation officer who came to Kim’s aid. He then took Kim’s service weapon, while the officer was lying wounded in the street.
3. Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell (left) said that his city’s police force had lost one of its best officers when Kim (right), who was working overtime, was shot down.
Hummons’ mother reportedly tried to help Kim, as he was lying on the ground, dying.
The shooter then fired the officer’s weapon at a third officer, Tom Sandmann, who eventually shot him down to end the gunfight, Blackwell said.
Both Kim and Hummons were taken to a local hospital where both were declared dead.
Blackwell said that Hummons’ mother told the police that her son had been having recent troubles with his girlfriend and was not behaving like himself.
4. Flags were flown at half-mast during a Cincinnati Reds game. Above, an officer stands with a black stripe on his badge in memory of Kim.
Kim is survived by his wife Jessica and three sons: Timothy, Joshua and Jacob. He was a karate instructor for more than 20 years, USA Today reports.
In an interview with martial arts magazine The Shotokan Way last year, Kim said:
In the USA, most of our police tactical training deals mainly with firearm encounters. Having an assailant with a firearm will put you under some emotional and physiological duress.
5. Relatives of Hummons said they could not believe the accusations against the young man, who they said had recently been troubled and had been having relationship problems.
After the officer was pronounced dead, Blackwell said:
We lost one of our best police officers. Our hearts are broken.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley added:
If you want to kill yourself, do it, but you can’t take one of our men with you.
6. Cincinnati Officer Sonny Kim remembered as sensei, father — a WLWT report.
Blackwell said that on the morning of the incident Hummons had a sexual offense charge filed against him.
Four years ago, Hummons had served three months in juvenile detention for a robbery. However, his adult record consists only of traffic violations and a disorderly conduct charge.
The shooting took place in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood and a community vigil was held on Friday night at a cultural center there.
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