PRESS RELEASE, 7/21/2006

18-year-old man indicted for the shooting of an Addyston Police Officer

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of 18-year-old Joell Lewis for the attempted murder and felonious assault of an Addyston police officer.

On July 12, 2006 at 6:30pm, Lewis, of 279 Main Street in Addyston, had been stopped by Lieutenant David Pahner in front of the police station on Main Street for littering a pop can. Lt. Pahner approached the defendant and the two began to struggle. Lewis shot Lt. Pahner in the stomach with a 9mm handgun.

Lewis fled the scene, but was later found by police on a barge on the Ohio River. Lt. Pahner was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time of the incident. He was taken to University Hospital where he was treated and released.

Lewis is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $1 million bond and is facing up to 37 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Prosecutor Deters said today, “Fortunately, the bullet-proof vest saved Lieutenant Pahner’s life.

It also saved this defendant from a possible death sentence. Now he faces decades in a place where this behavior cannot occur.”