The body of a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot by police in a Cincinnati suburb on Sunday was found near a police station, authorities said.
The man was pronounced dead by Cincinnati police officers after he was taken to the hospital for treatment, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.
The officer who fired the shot was not injured, Isaac said, and the shooting appears to have been justified.
“The individual that was shot by the officers, I believe, deserved to die, and I believe the officers who fired their weapon did,” Isaac said at a news conference Monday.
“The officers deserve to be held accountable.”
Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting, which occurred in the West Chester neighborhood of Cincinnati.
It is unclear whether the victim was the son of the officer who shot him.
The officer who pulled the trigger is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, police said.
A Cincinnati TV station said the man had a history of drug abuse and was wanted for a drug crime in nearby East Liberty.
The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The shooting comes as the nation is grappling with a spate of racially motivated attacks that have left dozens dead in a wave of racially charged killings that began in December 2016.
The attack that led to Isaac’s announcement was the latest in a string of incidents that have drawn national attention.
On Tuesday, police fatally shot an unarmed black man in New York after a traffic stop.
In a separate incident, police shot and killed a mentally ill man in Oklahoma after he pulled a gun on officers during a traffic halt.
The latest fatal shooting comes days after a white man in Florida was shot dead by a police officer who responded to a domestic disturbance call.
In a statement, the police union blamed the officer for firing his weapon without justification.
The Cincinnati Police Department’s investigation into the shooting has been open since mid-December, according to spokesman Sgt. Brandon Henson.
It did not address the police shooting or any other issues raised by the union.
“We are confident the officer involved will be brought to justice, but that will depend on the outcome of this ongoing internal investigation,” Henson said in the statement.