Fired Ohio officer’s family says had to protect self

Body cam captures officer involved shooting in Cincinnati. (WDTN Photo)
FILE: Body cam captures officer involved shooting in Cincinnati. (WDTN Photo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of the University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorist after a traffic stop says he felt he needed to protect himself.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Ray Tensing’s family wrote a letter to the newspaper received late Friday. Tensing’s attorney Stewart Mathews confirmed the letter came from the family but declined further comment.

The since-fired 25-year-old officer has pleaded not guilty to murder and voluntary manslaughter charges. His attorney has said Tensing feared he would be dragged under the car as DuBose attempted to drive away July 19.

The letter says Tensing and his family are “grieving deeply and praying” for DuBose’s family. The letter says when all the facts are out, the community will have a better understanding of what happened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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