CINCINNATI (AP) – A fatal shooting of a motorist by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him over a missing front license plate is under investigation, authorities said Monday.
University police Chief Jason Goodrich said Officer Ray Tensing was at the edge of the campus Sunday evening when he spotted a car driven by Samuel Dubose. The officer followed Dubose and stopped him, requesting his driver’s license multiple times, Goodrich said. The chief said Dubose apparently refused to provide his driver’s license, producing a bottle of alcohol from inside the car and then refusing Tensing’s requests to get out of the car.
“At this point, from what we can tell, a struggle then ensued,” Goodrich said. “Officer Tensing fired one shot from his duty weapon and was knocked to the ground.”
The struggle apparently occurred through the car door.
The car rolled a short distance before stopping. Goodrich said Dubose, 43, had been shot in the head and was dead at the scene. Tensing’s legs were bruised, and his uniform was torn, police said.
The officer, who was treated at a hospital and released Sunday night, has been put on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Tensing has more than five years of experience in law enforcement and has worked as a University of Cincinnati police officer since April 2014, Goodrich said.
A message seeking comment from Tensing was left at UC’s police department on Monday. No other phone number was immediately available for him.
Cincinnati police also are investigating, and many questions remain, Cincinnati police Lt. Col. James Whalen said.
Whalen said Tensing had exercised his right to wait 24 to 48 hours before making his statement.
Police also are reviewing body camera footage and any video from nearby buildings, Whalen said.
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