Ohio man hurt in police-involved shooting is charged

Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI -- A man wounded in a police-involved shooting that left another man dead after an alleged undercover drug buy has been charged with drug trafficking.

Twenty-three-year-old Robert Mathews, of Cincinnati, pleaded not guilty Friday in a Cincinnati court to four drug trafficking counts.

Cincinnati police say Officer Orlando Smith fatally shot 19-year-old Dontez Oneal after Oneal fired at Smith from behind the door of a car police say they pursued after a drug buy.

Mathews' attorney says his client was unarmed and had his hands up before he was shot. Police say a gun was found on the floor of the backseat where Mathews had been sitting and they believe he was struck in the car.

The investigation is ongoing. Authorities are searching for a third suspect who fled.

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