DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A University of Cincinnati police officer accused of murdering a man during a traffic stop earlier this month is expected in court Thursday morning.
25-year-old officer Ray Tensing shot a motorist in the head earlier this month during a traffic stop.
He has since been fired by the Cincinnati Police Department and is in custody awaiting that first court appearance on a murder charge.
According to police reports, Officer Tensing pulled over 43 year old Samuel DuBose for not having a front license plate.
The entire event was captured by Tensing’s body camera – video that just was released in the last 18 hours.
The Hamilton County prosecutor who is charging Tensing with Murder says he purposely killed him and that Tensing should have never been a police officer.
Tensing’s attorney, Stew Mathews said it was all in self-defense.
He said he shot DuBose because he thought he was going to be dragged under his car.
That attorney spoke to our sister station in Cincinnati.
“He’s never had any disciplinary issues, he’s had great evaluations. His supervisors all like him. He gets along with his fellow officers. He’s just been a great police officer,” said Mathews,”Ray went to work that morning, that afternoon, as a police officer now he is sitting in the Hamilton County Justice Center potentially looking at a life sentence in prison and he certainly didn’t start out the day..his work day intending to shoot somebody.”
The city of Cincinnati is preparing for protests following the murder indictment. Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says violence and lawlessness cannot and will not be tolerated.