Univ. of Cincinnati officer indicted for murder

CINCINNATI, Oh. (WTVQ) – A University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted for murder after he shot and killed an african-american man during a traffic stop.

Police say 43-year old Samuel Dubose was killed on July 19.  Investigators say 25-year old officer Ray Tensing shot and killed Dubose, after stopping Dubose for a missing front license plate.  Tensing claims he was dragged by Dubose’s car and was forced to shoot.  Investigators say Tensing’s own body camera shows that’s not what happened.

According to court records, Tensing asked for a driver’s license, which Dubose couldn’t produce.  Investigators say he handed Tensing an unopened bottle of alcohol.  The two men struggled at the door of the car, and Tensing fired once, fatally striking Dubose in the head.

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Officer Tensing turned himself in Wednesday. He’s been fired by the school.  If convicted, he could face anywhere from 15-years to life in prison.

Wednesday morning the University of Cincinnati shut down its campus and canceled classes in anticipation of the indictment and the possible reaction that would follow.  Ohio Highway Patrol troopers were also seen arriving on campus to deter any potential violent outbursts.  Dubose’s family is calling for a "peaceful and nonaggressive" response from the community.