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Shots Fired by Officer During Undercover Drug Buy in Bellevue
CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) - An undercover officer fired his gun at a drug suspects' car Friday night after they fled following an undercover heroin buy and hit an officer with their car, police said.
Bellevue police chief Wayne Turner said sometime after 6 p.m., the officers bought heroin from two brothers, Isaac Phillips, 22, and Michael Phillips, 37, behind The Party Source. When police moved in to arrest the Phillips brothers they took off and rammed the undercover officers' car.
Police followed the Phillips to Union St. to an alley where they were cornered. Sam Henderson was walking to UDF with his two-year-old granddaughter when he saw the confrontation unfold.
"We must have been 15 feet from the police officer when he was shooting," Henderson said.
Henderson said the Phillips brothers tried to get away a couple of times by turning into an alley and pulling into a parking lot.
"He tried to get out right there and the police officer ran up and told him, he identified himself and everything and told the guy stop and he wouldn't. He backed back up and took off down the street again and the police officer shot," Henderson said.
The bullet shattered the passenger side window of the car. Some of the glass hit Michael Phillips leaving him with a cut on his hand. As they tried to drive away, the brothers car hit one of the undercover officers leg, Chief Turner said.
"The officers are fine. One was hit with the car he has a leg injury but right now he's helping us process the crime scene here."
Like many communities in Greater Cincinnati, Bellevue has seen an increase in heroin trafficking. Turner said his department conducts one or two heroin busts per month.
Isaac Phillips will be charged with trafficking in heroin and wanton endangerment for hitting the police officer. Michael Phillips will be charged with drug trafficking. He has prior convictions in Ohio for drug trafficking and burglary. The Phillips brothers were driving a rental car. Police said they're seeing more drug dealers driving rental cars.
Meanwhile, Sam Henderson said he was glad no one was more seriously hurt.
"It was real scary. It was loud, scary, quick and you know you have a two-year-old baby in your arms it's even more scarier."
The undercover officer will be on administrative leave for three days which is standard procedure.
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