Cincinnati police officer killed in shootout

Officer Sonny Kim, a decorated 27-year veteran, was fatally shot while responding to an emergency call.

The city of Cincinnati is mourning a decorated veteran police officer who was shot and killed Friday during a fatal shootout after responding to an emergency call about "an erratic man armed with a firearm."

Cincinnati police officer Sonny Kim fatally shot in Madisonville

48-year-old officer Sonny Kim, was killed in a shootout after responding to a 911 call about a gunman acting erratically in the Madisonville neighborhood. Several shots were fired between the suspect and officers, and Officer Kim, who was wearing body armor, sustained fatal injuries. The suspect was also shot and killed.

Kim, a 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, was a husband and father of three boys. He also worked as the owner and main karate instructor at the Japanese Karate-Do dojo in Symmes Township.

He is remembered for his passion, dedication and service.

"CPD lost one of our best today," Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said. "We lost a brother, but right now my heart is broken more for his three boys who lost a father and his wife who lost a husband.”

City Manager Harry Black called Kim a hero.

"Our thoughts our prayers go to Police Officer Kim's family and fellow police officers... Police Officer Kim dedicated himself to serving and protecting the city for 27 years... He has had a decorated career. ... Officer Kim is a hero."

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Derek Bauman, president of the Mason Police Association, has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help Officer Kim's family through this difficult time, to cover any expenses or as a college fund for his three sons.

If you'd like to help, donate here: Slain CPD Officer Kim's Family Fund.


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