No Charges Against Fairfield Officer Who Shot Gunman On Road

HAMILTON, Ohio (WXIX) – A Butler County grand jury declined to indict a Fairfield police officer who shot a gunman earlier this month.

The shooting happened on June 5 on Port Union Road. The Fairfield Township Police Department released a report that evening.

Officers were dispatched to investigate a 911 call that had hung up. They found a man on the road, and while the officers were talking to him, they saw he had a gun.

Police later identified the man as Rodolfo Molina-Hernandez, 36.

Officer Robert Davis repeatedly ordered Molina-Hernandez to drop the gun, but he refused, police say. At one point, police say, Molina-Hernandez took “a firing position” and pointed the gun at Davis.

In response, Davis fired multiple bullets, hitting the man, police said.

Other officers carried out rescue measures on Molina-Hernandez. EMS transported him in a stable condition. He has since been released and faces aggravated threatening charges.

No officers were injured.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation at the request of Fairfield PD. Davis was placed on administrative leave after the shooting.

Radio traffic broadcast days after the shooting revealed that Davis had speculated immediately afterwards that the gun Molina-Hernandez had been holding was a “toy”. BCI later confirmed that the weapon was in fact real.

The officer referenced the idea that the gun was a “toy” in audio released Tuesday. The BCI investigated and confirmed that it was a real firearm.(Fairfield Police Department)

Butler County District Attorney Michael Gmoser described the BCI investigation as “impartial and independent” in a statement Thursday.

Gmoser also explained that it is his office’s practice to require all shootings involving officers to be considered by a grand jury “regardless of the apparent justification.”

The grand jury returned no indictments against Davis on Thursday afternoon.

Said Gmoser, “The incident was captured on the subject officer’s body camera and the video is being released to the public. It should be obvious to all that pointing a firearm at a police officer in the line of duty involves a high probability that lethal force will result in eliminating the threat.

Rodolfo Molina-Hernandez, 36, is charged with aggravated threat following the...
Rodolfo Molina-Hernandez, 36, is charged with aggravated threatening in connection with the June 5 shooting involving an officer, the Fairfield Police Department announced Friday.(Fairfield Police Department)

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