White Ohio cop is charged with murder for shooting dead an unarmed man Andre Hill and letting him bleed to death
Officer Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran of the Columbus Police Dept. was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on Wednesday
Coy is accused of shooting Andre Hill, 46, within six seconds of the encounter and letting him bleed to death, three days to Christmas
Bodycan footage released by the city of Columbus showed that Hill who was unarmed, appeared non-threatening with a cell phone in his hand while walking out of a garage before being shot by Coy
Adam Coy told investigators he thought he saw a firearm on Hill before shooting
Officer Amy Detweiler, who was present said she heard Coy scream that Hill had a gun in his hand, but could not recall Coy orderng Hill to drop a weapon
Detweiler did not see a gun in Hill’s hand and that she didn’t observe any threats from Hill during the incident.
Coy did not turn his body-camera on until after he fired shots at Hill
His camera automatically activated and recorded 60 seconds of the episode, albeit without sound
Coy was fired from the Columbus Police Dept on Dec 28, for failing to turn on his bodycam, as well as failing to render medical aid to Hill as he lay dying
In addition to the murder charge, he also faces charges of failing to use his body camera and failing to relay that he believed Andre Hill was a danger
A white Ohio police officer was charged with murder Wednesday in the latest fallout following the shooting death of a 47-year-old Columbus man in December.
Former Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy was indicted the murder of an unarmed black man, Andre Hill, by a Franklin County grand jury following an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
The city of Columbus released this video of officer Adam Coy shooting Aandre Hill while he held a camera in his hand
The charges faced by Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force, also include failure to use his body camera and failure to tell the other officer he believed Hill presented a danger.
‘In this case, the citizens of Franklin County, represented by the individual grand jurors, found probable cause to believe that Mr. Coy committed a crime when he killed Andre Hill by gunfire,’ Attorney General Dave Yost said at a news conference Wednesday night.
He added, ‘Truth is the best friend of justice, and the grand jury here found the truth.’
Coy and another officer had responded to a neighbor’s non emergency call after 1am on December 22, about a car in front of his house in the city’s northwest side that had been running, then shut off, then turned back on, according to a copy of the call released in December.
Police bodycam footage showed Hill emerging from a garage and holding up a cellphone in his left hand seconds before he was fatally shot by Coy.
There is no audio because Coy hadn’t activated the body camera, however, an automatic ‘look back’ feature captured the shooting without audio.
Andre Hill had a cell phone in his left hand, but no weapons when he emerged from a friend’s garage December 22 and was shot to death.
Following the shooting, a woman can be seen coming out of the house and telling police, “He was bringing me Christmas money. He didn’t do anything”. Police ordered her to go back.
In the moments after Hill was fatally shot, additional bodycam footage shows two other Columbus officers rolled an apparently mortally injured Hill over and put handcuffs on him before leaving him alone again.
None of the officers at the scene, the released footage shows, offered any first aid even though Hill was barely moving, groaning and bleeding while laying on the garage floor. The officers are seen standing around for five minutes and 11 seconds without rendering first aid.
In all, about six seconds passed between Hill appearing in the video and the weapon firing. There was no audio in the footage of the shooting because the bodycam wasn’t activated. The shooter, Adam Coy, failed to render aid to Hill, who was pronounced dead an hour after the shooting
Hill was pronounced dead at 2:25am, just an hour after the shooting took place.
Coy, who had a long history of complaints from citizens during his police career, was fired on December 28 for failing to activate his body camera before the confrontation and for not providing medical aid to Hill.
He had more than 36 complaints against him, though the city has not released details about those complaints.
He was arrested Wednesday night and scheduled to have his initial appearance in court Thursday.
The union representing Columbus police officers issued a short statement saying it will wait to see how the case plays out.
Coy ‘will have the ability to present facts on his behalf at a trial just like any other citizen,’ said Keith Ferrell, president of the local FOP.
‘At that time, we will see all the facts for the first time with the public as the process plays out,’ Ferrell said.
Police body camera footage reealed in December e released in December showed officers handcuffing an apparently lifeless Hill after shooting him multiple times and then standing around for five minutes and 11 seconds without rendering first aid.
Adam Coy told investigators he thought he saw a firearm on Hill before shooting. Footage released later, showed that Hill had a cellphone in his left hand, but no weapons when he emerged from a friend’s garage.
Officer Amy Detweiler, who also responded to the call, told investigators she heard Coy scream that Hill had a gun in his hand, but she could not recall Coy issuing an order for Hill to drop a weapon.
Detweiler added that she did not see a gun in Hill’s hand and that she didn’t observe any threats from Hill during the incident.
Significantly, Coy did not turn his body-camera on until after he fired shots at Hill. Still, his camera automatically activated and recorded 60 seconds of the episode, albeit without sound.
The verteran officer, whose career was littered with complaints, was fired in January after an investigation determined that his use of deadly force was not reasonable.
Coy’s bail hearing will be held Thursday.
Coy’s indictment comes just days after Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan was forced out after Mayor Andrew Ginther said he lost confidence in his ability to make the necessary department changes.
Ginther, a Democrat who has made changes at the police department one of his highest priorities, welcomed the news of Coy’s indictment.
‘The indictment does not lessen the pain of his tragic death for Mr. Hill’s loved ones, but it is a step towards justice,’ he said.
Chief Quinlan himself was highly critical of Coy and other officers’ actions, remarking that Andre Hill would be alive today if officers had assisted him on the scene.
Hill’s family, while still grieving Hill’s death, is happy with the indictment which they see as a first step, said attorney Michael Wright.
‘It’s important to start holding these officers accountable for their bad actions and their bad acts,’ Wright said. ‘I think it will go a long way for one, the public to trust law enforcement, for two, to potentially change the behavior of officers and their interaction with individuals that shouldn’t be killed or should not endure excessive force.’
Coy’s bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
This is the second Columbus police officer recently charged with murder. Former vice squad officer Andrew Mitchell was charged in state court in 2019 with fatally shooting a woman during a 2018 undercover prostitution investigation.
Mitchell is also charged federally with forcing women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest, pressuring others to help cover up crimes and lying to federal investigators when he said he´d never had sex with prostitutes. He has pled not guilty.
Hill’s case was prosecuted by the Republican Yost, the state’s top law enforcement officer, whose criminal investigation unit is leading the probe.
Hill’s death came a few weeks after a white Franklin County Sheriff´s deputy shot and killed Casey Goodson Jr., a 23-year-old black man in the doorway of his grandmother’s house as relatives said he returned from a dentist’s office with sandwiches for his family.
The police account of the event states that deputy Jason Meade, a member of a fugitive task force, confronted Goodson outside his home after Goodson, who was not the subject of the fugitive search, drove by and waved a gun at Meade.