Officer who shot, killed Andre Hill fired from police division

Officer Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran, shot and killed Andre Hill final week.

December 28, 2020, 10:09 PM

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The Columbus, Ohio, public security director has determined to terminate Columbus police officer Adam Coy after Coy shot and killed Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man, final week.

In a Monday ruling, Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. wrote that “known facts do not establish that this use of deadly force was objectively reasonable.”

Pettus stated Coy did not attempt to deescalate the scenario earlier than taking pictures Hill, and after the taking pictures, Coy did not render help or be certain that others did.

Coy additionally did not activate his physique digicam whereas on the service name, Pettus stated.

Coy had already been stripped of all police powers and has surrendered his gun and badge, in line with the Department of Public Safety. Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan called for Coy’s termination final week when it was found that Coy didn’t activate his physique digicam till after taking pictures Hill.

Hill was shot on Dec. 22 after officers have been dispatched to a “non-emergency” disturbance name from a neighbor who allegedly noticed a person sitting in an SUV for an prolonged time frame turning his automobile on and off, in line with the Columbus Department of Public Safety.

After Hill got here out of a storage, with a telephone in his left hand and his proper hand obscured, Coy opened hearth.

Coy then approached Hill and ordered that he present his fingers and roll over, earlier than asking a colleague if medics have been known as. Coy did not administer help, in line with the footage.

No weapon was discovered on the scene, and not one of the different responding officers had their cameras on till after Hill was shot, in line with investigators.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting an investigation.

Pettus’s choice got here after a disciplinary listening to Monday morning and the chief’s investigation. Coy was not on the listening to; Fraternal Order of Police members attended on his behalf, the Columbus Department of Public Safety stated.

ABC News‘ Meredith Deliso and Andy Fies contributed to this report.

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