By Brad Evans
Dispatchers said the shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. at the Mercer Garage, near the corner of Mercer and Vine streets, in Over-the-Rhine.
Paramedics responded to the scene and took Officer Darryl Jouett to UC Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was listed in stable condition. Investigators said it appeared the Jouett’s gun accidentally went off while he was in an elevator.
Surveillance video from the elevator shows Jouett removing his gun from a holster under his coat with his right hand, then appearing to attempt to put it back, while holding a box and a bag in his left hand.
“He was transitioning the holster and transitioning the gun out of his holster. He was going to carry it in his hand as they walked to the car. As he was pulling the gun from the holster, a round discharged, ricocheted in the elevator, struck him in the stomach,” Cincinnati Capt. Michael John said.
The video shows Jouett fall to the floor as his wife calls for help. Jouett gets out of the elevator when the doors open and sits down again. Jouett’s wife was not hurt.
Police said Jouett is a 25-year veteran with the department.
The shooting remains under investigation.