PRESS RELEASE, 5/27/2016

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters clears officer in bank shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the Cincinnati Police Officer involved in the May 25th shooting in the Madisonville Fifth Third Bank located at 5717 Madison Road.

Cincinnati Police Officer Kevin Hankerson, a 19 year veteran of the force, was working an off-duty detail in the bank when 20-year-old Terry Frost entered the bank at approximately 2:20 p.m. and vaulted over the teller’s counter demanding money.   Frost, wearing a hoodie and mask, pointed a plastic bag containing a gun at the female teller working behind the counter. 

Officer Hankerson immediately came to the teller’s aid with his gun drawn and put himself in between the teller and Frost.  At that point, Frost jumped back over the counter.  The officer fired his weapon twice.  One of those shots hit Frost.   As Frost was jumping back over the counter, he dropped the plastic bag containing the gun.  His gun, a .38 caliber Derringer, was recovered at the scene.  

After being shot, Frost fell but jumped back up and ran out the door.   The officer gave chase but when he got outside, Frost was not in the immediate vicinity.  Officer Hankerson had already radioed for help and then went back into the bank to secure the crime scene.

No one in the bank was injured.  Six people total, including Officer Hankerson, were in the bank at the time of the robbery.  The robbery attempt was captured on bank video. 

Frost ran from the bank and was located a short time later in nearby woods.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Frost’s death a homicide from a gunshot wound.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Officer Hankerson did exactly what we would expect when confronted with an armed robber.  He followed his training and no one other than the armed robber was shot.  The video and still photos which we released today, after concluding our criminal investigation, confirm that Officer Hankerson acted appropriately.  This situation could have turned out very differently had Officer Hankerson not responded the way he did.  He is to be commended for his actions and great bravery.”