(CINCINNATI) — The shooting death of an endangered silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday to rescue a toddler who had fallen into the enclosure has garnered national outrage from animal rights activists and citizens concerned about zoo safety.
On Tuesday, prosecutors from Hamilton County, Ohio have said that the Cincinnati Police will be looking into the incident for possible criminal charges.
“The incident at the Cincinnati Zoo involving the young child who fell into the gorilla enclosure is under investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said in a statement Tuesday.
“Once their investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges. When the investigation and review are complete, we will update the media.”
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
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