Officers who killed gunman in Cincinnati hailed as heroes

CINCINNATI – A prosecutor on Friday praised the Cincinnati police officers that the life of a gangster in an office building in the city as the heroes, who say that they probably saved countless lives.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters cleared the four officers who responded within minutes to the shootings on Fifth Third Bancorp headquarters. The officers killed 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez after Perez fatally shot three people and wounded two others.

“Not only were the actions of the officers justified, they were heroic,” Deters wrote in a press release. He will never know how many lives they saved that day, ” he wrote.

Perez performed 200 rounds of ammunition when he went to the bank building lobby the morning of Sept. 6, head of the Police Eliot Isaac said at a press conference the day after the shooting.

Both survivors are in the hospital. Whitney Austin, who was shot at least a dozen times, back home Tuesday, but look what her husband calls “a long way” in recovering physically and mentally.

Austin, a 37-year-old vice-president of the Fifth Third, said bank spokeswoman Laura Trujillo she was grateful to be home with her children.

“I see my motivation for life,” Austin said in a statement. “I am grateful to life, for all the good wishes for everyone who has helped.”

Brian Sarver, a 45-year-old contractor from the hospital Monday, offered his thanks to God and prayers for the victims and their families. A 64-year-old contractor, a 48-year-old employee bank, and a 25-year-old engineer who worked as a consultant for the bank, died in the attack.

The Fifth Third Foundation donated $ 1 million to support family members of those who were shot, and anyone who suffered physical or psychological trauma as a result.

The bank announced Friday it started in the Cincinnati Strong Victims Fund, in collaboration with the National Center for Victims of Crime. It hopes to match the $1 million gift with gifts from members of the community. People can donate online or at a Fifth Third bank.

The police is still trying to figure out why Perez opened fire in the building.


Associated Press reporter Dan Sewell contributed to this report.

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