Another plain-clothes officer thwarts crime

This carjacker had little way to know his intended victim was actually a plain-clothes police officer. The more armed citizens carjackers and other criminals can expect to encounter in Ohio, the fewer chances they'll take...

February 20, 2004

Cincinnati Enquirer

Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder Of An Officer

Cincinnati Police have charged a North Fairmount man with attempted murder of an officer after a Thursday night shooting.

Officer Patrick Galligan was driving down Liberty Street near John Street in an unmarked Plymouth Neon around 11 p.m. when police say Michael White fired at the car with an automatic pistol.

Police said Galligan was stopped at a red light when Jones, who was standing on the street corner, shot through the windshield of Galligan's car, hitting the dashboard and striking the police radio inside.

Glass particles from the windshield struck Galligan, who then stopped the car and rolled out, firing two shots at White and hitting the suspect once in the foot, police said during a Friday morning news conference.

Both the suspect and the officer were treated at University Hospital, according to Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher.

White, 21, of 2647 Nottingham Court, is a known member of the street gang calling themselves the "Tot Lot Posse," according to police. White has Tot Lot Posse tattoos identifying him as part of the gang which is centered in the West End neighborhood, police said.

White has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, having weapons while under disability and felonious assault.

"From the looks of the bullet and the trajectory, it certainly appears to us that he intended to strike Officer Galligan," said Streicher.

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