Police Officer Sonny Lee Kim

Police Officer Sonny Lee Kim

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, June 19, 2015

Sonny Lee Kim

Police Officer Sonny Kim was shot and killed after responding to a 911 call at a home near the intersection of Roe Street and Whetsel Avenue at approximately 9:30 am. The caller stated a man was walking on the sidewalk at that location with a gun in his waistband and acting belligerent.

Officer Kim was the first officer to arrive at the location and was approached by the subject who made the 911 call. The man immediately opened fire on Officer Kim, wounding him. He then struggled with Officer Kim and disarmed him.

The man then used Officer Kim's gun to shoot at a Hamilton County probation officer and a second Cincinnati police officer who responded to the scene. The second officer returned fire, fatally wounding the subject. Responding officers performed CPR on Officer Kim until medics arrived and transported him to the hospital. He succumbed to his wounds a short time later.

It was later determined that the subject had intended to commit suicide by cop.

Officer Kim had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 396

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, suicide by cop

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Officer Kim, when I heard about your death, it hit me hard. You are my inspiration to better myself every day. I wrote your badge # in my baseball bat for my senior year of HS, I played in honor of you. I will never forget your sacrifice. Rest easy, Officer Kim.

Security Officer Bryant Byers
Genric Private Security

October 19, 2017

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