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Police thwart potential ‘catastrophic’ event by killing armed suspect near Music Hall

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CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The armed man Cincinnati police say stabbed a woman, led officers on a chase and was killed near Music Hall on Thursday has been identified.

Juan Mack, 48, was shot and killed by Cincinnati police around 7:15 p.m., Police Chief Teresa Theetge announced Friday.

Video played during Friday’s press conference showed Mack, who was visibly holding a gun, walking down toward Music Hall and across the street from Washington Park.

Patrons are seen in the video waiting to enter Music Hall for an event as the armed 48-year-old continues in their direction with police following.

Juan Mack, 48, was shot and killed by Cincinnati police around 7:15 p.m., Police Chief Teresa...
Juan Mack, 48, was shot and killed by Cincinnati police around 7:15 p.m., Police Chief Teresa Theetge announced Friday.(WXIX)

Chief Theetge said officers continuously commanded Mack to stop and drop his weapon, but he refused. Non-lethal force was used, the chief explained, as Mack was shot in the leg, but it had no effect.

More commands to drop the gun were shouted out, but Mack did not comply, and he even yelled out, “If you fire that [gun], I’m going to start popping,’” according to the chief.

The 48-year-old then raised his gun, according to Chief Theetge.

With “many, many lives in danger,” the chief said four officers shot Mack, killing him in front of Music Hall.

Police Chief Teresa Theetge said Juan Mack raised his gun, which is when Cincinnati officers...
Police Chief Teresa Theetge said Juan Mack raised his gun, which is when Cincinnati officers used deadly force.(WXIX)

The situation that ended with the officer-involved shooting started about 30 minutes earlier on Cincinnati’s west side.

A 911 call came in around 6:45 p.m. with a person reporting a woman had been stabbed nearly 10 times.

The caller told dispatch the woman jumped out of a car and a man, identified by police as Mack, ran after her.

A description of a Toyota Camry was put out to officers. Chief Theetge said three minutes after 7 p.m., the vehicle was spotted in Price Hill.

Mack refused to stop for police and a chase ensued.

During the chase, a blood-covered Mack pointed his gun at officers, the chief explained Friday.

Mack stopped the vehicle at 12th Street and West Elm Street about 10 minutes after the chase started, according to the chief.

“This had all the makings of a catastrophic incident,” Chief Theetge described the situation as it unfolded.

With the vehicle stopped, the armed 48-year-old started walking north on Elm Street toward Music Hall before being fatally shot by officers.

Chief Theetge said the four officers who fired their weapons won’t be identified due to Marcy’s Law.

The woman, who Mack was accused of stabbing, remains at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition, according to the chief.

Cincinnati police and the Citizen Complaint Authority will be running parallel investigations.

Juan Mack’s Criminal History

Court records show Mack’s criminal history dates back to the 1990s.

He was convicted of felonious assault and two counts of domestic violence in a 1996 case, according to court documents. Mack was sentenced to a little more than a year and a half in prison.

He was later accused of aggravated menacing in 2016, but that was dismissed, court records show.

In 2023, records show Mack was arrested for assault after he was accused of hitting a woman in the face, but that case was also dismissed.

An April 2024 assault was also dismissed.

Court records show he was fined in June 2024 after being found guilty of failure to report an accident and operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

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