Avondale, OH – The Hamilton County prosecutor released bodycam and dashcam video of the officer-involved shooting of Vernell S. Jackson and announced that no charges would be filed against the officer who shot him (video below).
The incident occurred at about 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 11 when an undercover officer in an unmarked police car saw Jackson take a gun out of his pocket and secure it in the left side of his waistband, according to a press release from the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Before moving in on the suspect, the undercover officer radioed for uniformed backup to assist him.
Cincinnati Police Officer Marc Schildmeyer responded to the scene, and he and the undercover officer approached Jackson in their vehicles, according to the press release.
Dashcam and bodycam showed Officer Schildmeyer and the undercover officer stopped their cars next to where Jackson was standing on the sidewalk in the area of Blair Court and Ridgeway Avenue.
The video showed that Officer Schildmeyer got out of his patrol unit and ordered Jackson to show his hands three times.
“Let me see your hands. Let me see your hands! Let me see ‘em!” the officer said.
The video showed that Jackson reached into his waistband with his left hand and pulled out a gun.
A split second later, Officer Schildmeyer opened fire on the suspect and shot Jackson once in the chest.
“Officer Schildmeyer’s cruiser and body-worn camera footage shows Jackson raising his gun towards the officer,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said in the press release. “Officer Schildmeyer was 100 percent justified in shooting Jackson. He likely saved his own life as well as the lives of others. As I said before, he is to be commended.”
Jackson fell to the ground after he was hit, and the undercover officer approached him immediately, the video showed.
Then Officer Schildmeyer began performing lifesaving first aid while they waited for an ambulance to arrive, according to the prosecutor’s press release.
Jackson was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition and underwent surgery for his gunshot wound.
He remained in the hospital in stable condition, according to prosecutors.
Police recovered Jackson’s .380 Hi-Point semiautomatic handgun at the scene.
“If you point a gun at a cop, you will be shot,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said shortly after the shooting, according to WXIX.
The prosecutor said Jackson was facing charges for aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon.
“We have another Cincinnati Police Officer to be commended for the manner in which he handled a dangerous situation,” Deters said. “Jackson, armed with a loaded gun, was ready to shoot. Because of Officer Schildmeyer’s quick response and training, we are here today not talking about an officer shot in the line of duty or the shooting of innocent bystanders.”
The prosecutor told reporters at a press conference announcing his decision that he thought Officer Schildmeyer’s immediate lifesaving effort of applying pressure was the reason Jackson survived the gunshot wound, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
“Schildmeyer went above and beyond,” he said. “He saved his [Jackson’s] life.”
The mayor agreed with the prosecutor’s assessment.
“The officer has our full support and we thank him for his humanitarian efforts,” Cranley said.
Officer Schildmeyer is a 23-year veteran of the Cincinnati PD’s gang unit, WXIX reported.
You can see the shooting video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: