Cincinnati police officer killed in shootout with suspect

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photo of Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim (Courtesy: WCPO)

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati’s police chief says a veteran police officer and an armed person who exchanged gunfire with officers have died.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says the officer and the suspect died after the shooting Friday morning in the Madisonville neighborhood.

The officer was identified as 48-year-old Sonny Kim, a 27-year veteran of the department.

Authorities didn’t immediately identify the suspect.

Blackwell says multiple shots were fired between the suspect and officers responding to a 911 call. The chief says he believes the suspect was on the street when police arrived.

The shooting comes nine days after Cincinnati police released a plan for dealing with a recent surge of gun violence in the city.