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.