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Shooting of unarmed man sparks riot in Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI — Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who threw rocks and bottles at officers early Tuesday as they protested the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man wanted for several misdemeanors and traffic violations.

After the crowd fled from outside police headquarters, a small group returned and threw rocks at officers. Police responded by firing bean bags. No serious injuries were reported.

"We tried to keep the situation from escalating any more," Lt. Col. Ron Twitty said.

At one point Monday night, there were about 800 demonstrators, but the number dwindled to about 150 by midnight, police said.

Early in the demonstration, a brick was thrown through the glass entrance of the police building and the American flag was pulled down from the flagpole in front of the entrance and hung upside down, Twitty said.

Two people who allegedly smashed the windows of some downtown businesses were arrested, Capt. Michael Bolte said.