The man suspected of shooting Officer Sonny Kim dead in Cincinnati wrote a goodbye message on Facebook shortly before the attack. Trepierre Hummons is suspected of killing Officer Kim in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati on the morning of June 19. He was 21 years old.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Called His Friends ‘The Real MVPs’ on Facebook
Another man was also killed in the shooting, reports WCPO. The other man is suspected of shooting Kim, said Chief Blackwell. That suspect has been named as Trepierre Hummons. On his Facebook page, just before the shooting, at around 9:30 a.m., Hummons wrote “I love every last one of y’all to whoever has been in my life …. You’re the real mvp.”
2. Gunfire Broke Out Straight Away When Officer Kim Arrived at the Scene
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Officer Kim was called to Madisonville just before 9:30 a.m. on the morning of June 19. He had received reports of a man waving a gun around. When Kim arrived, the gunfire erupted. Shortly afterward, Kim and Hummons were both being rushed to a local hospital where they were both pronounced dead.
3. He Constantly Complained About Being Bored
Hummons was a regular poster on Facebook, mostly he wrote about how bored he was or complained about work. On June 14, Hummons wrote “Bored of being bored because being bored is boring.” The day before he said “Being so bored that you start commenting on ppl status that you don’t know.” Another common theme was his inability to sleep.
3. Officer Kim Told a Karate Magazine in 2014 ‘Having an Assailant With a Firearm Will Put You Under Some Emotional & Physiological Duress’
According to his Facebook page, Kim was a martial arts enthusiast. A separate tribute page for Kim attracted over 200 likes in less than a minute. He was an instructor of Japanese Karate-Do for over 20 years, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. In an interview with karate magazine The Shotokan Way, Kim said “In the USA, most of our police tactical training deals mainly with firearm encounters. Having an assailant with a firearm will put you under some emotional and physiological duress.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Kim received 22 commendations at the Cincinnati Police Department, reports WCPO. His record also included times when he helped to rescue a man who jumped from a bridge and catching a “serial aggravated burglar,” according to WCPO.
5. Kim Is the First Cincinnati Cop to Be Killed in 15 Years
He’s the first Cincinnati cop to be killed in the line of duty since 2000 and the first to be shot dead since 1997.