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Friday, September 4, 2020

Cincinnati FOP President Releases More on Deadly Traffic Pursuit that Killed Bystanders in Newport

More information has been released on Mason Meyers, the driver who is facing charges for the traffic pursuit that killed two innocent bystanders. (Img: HCSO)

By Jessie Eden

The public is learning more about a deadly traffic pursuit that ended in the death of two innocent bystanders on August 7.

In anticipation of a video being released by the Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati FOP President Daniel Hils released a statement via a Facebook video outlining more about what happened in the pursuit.

"I want to make sure the public knows more about Mason Meyer, the convicted felon who led police on a deadly chase on August 7th. I also expect that the Cincinnati Police Department will soon release the video from the pursuit and it's important to remember that police officers face the difficult job of getting dangerous felons off the street and protecting the public," said Hils. "Tragically in this case, the criminal murdered two innocent people and injured others."

FOP Lodge #69 President Dan Hils provides more information about Mason Meyer.

Mason Meyers, 28, was driving the vehicle during the pursuit. He was being investigated by the ATF and Cincinnati Police as a part of a federal weapons investigation. CPD's goal was to stop Meyer from suppling illegal weapons to people across the tristate area.

On August 7, investigators saw Meyer and two other people put a rifle into a car and drive away. "Meyer was probably planning to shoot someone or illegally sell the rifle to another criminal," said Hils. "Because of the danger Meyer posed to others, investigators asked Cincinnati Police to stop the car. Instead of stopping, Meyer led officers on a high-speed chase."

According to Hils, as Meyer fled and drove recklessly through Cincinnati and into Northern Kentucky. "This criminal murdered a couple who'd been married for almost 50 years while they were dining at a sidewalk restaurant table. It's a terrible tragedy that Meyer must be held accountable for."

The victims, according to an article by WLWT, were Ray Laible, 81, and his wife, Gayle Laible.
(Img: WLWT)

Meyer now faces federal crimes that carry a maximum penalty of more than 50 years in prison. Campbell Count has charged Meyer with two counts of murder and other crimes that carry a maximum penalty of more than 30 years in prison. 

Hils also stated that officers recovered three guns from Meyer's vehicle; a loaded semi-automatic assault rifle, a loaded .45 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun. "We don't know how many people have already been shot by these weapons, but we do know these three illegal guns can't hurt anyone anymore."

Kirsten Johnson, 22, was in the car when fatal crash happened. She also faces charges.

Kirsten Johnson, Meyer's 22-year-old accomplice, also faces two charges of meth possession and evading police. Johnson is a Cincinnati resident and is currently being held on one million dollars bond in the Campbell County Detention Center.

The third person in the car was not charged and has not been named. All three sustained minor injuries after the wreck.

In addition to the two people who died, two other people also had to be hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

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