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Police Officer Sonny Lee Kim | Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Sonny Lee Kim

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, June 19, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 396

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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I am involved in the Illinois Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. I never knew Officer Kim but this year I was given a bracelet, with his name, to wear during our Cycle Across Illinois bicycle ride. For 350+ miles in 4 days I looked to the bracelet for inspiration, motivation, and to remember why I do the ride. I will never forget this connection to Officer Kim and I will always keep his memory and family in my thoughts.

Corporal Maurice Johnson
Lincoln Police Department
July 15, 2016


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