Charges will not be filed against an off-duty Cincinnati Police officer who shot and killed a bank robbery suspect in Madisonville Wednesday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced Friday.

Deters released internal surveillance video from inside the Fifth Third Bank on Madison Road. It shows officer Kevin Hankerson pull his service weapon as 20-year-old Terry Frost jumps over the teller’s counter.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac says Frost pointed a gun, covered by a plastic grocery bag, at the teller and officer. At some point in the ordeal, the weapon misfired because Frost had the wrong ammunition inside.

The prosecutor said Hankerson was “absolutely justified” in firing two shots at Frost. Hankerson showed a “tremendous act of bravery” in pushing the female teller out of harm’s way, he said.

Frost fled to a nearby wooded area where police found him dead.

The bank teller had just removed $90,000 from the ATM, authorities said. Deters suspects Frost knew the money had just been withdrawn.

Hankerson worked security detail for the bank. He is on administrative leave, per department policy.


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