Andre Hill, 47, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy. Coy a 19-year veteran officer has been relieved of duty.
The City of Columbus has released the body-worn camera footage from the fatal shooting. The shooting happened early Tuesday morning. Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive on the report of a suspicious vehicle. Officer Adam Coy did not turn on his camera until after the shooting, but there is technology tied to the camera that records a 60-second lookback, but this feature does not record audio.
Footage of Tuesday’s incident shows the victim walking toward the officer with a cell phone in his left hand, but his right hand was not visible, the Department said. One officer fired his weapon, striking the man. A statement released by the city said Andre Hill was visiting someone at the home. A weapon was not recovered at the scene and body camera footage also shows a delay in rendering first aid to the man, the city said.
“I am deeply saddened, frustrated, angry, demanding answers of what happened in our community earlier this morning. I am committed to transparency and accountability in our division of police. We will seek the truth wherever it takes us. And justice will be served,” Mayor Andrew Ginther said.
“It is unacceptable to me and to the community, that the officers did not turn on their cameras,” Ginther said. “Let me be clear. If you are not going to turn on your body-worn camera you cannot serve and protect the people of Columbus.”
The incident is the second police shooting of this month, after 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. was fatally shot by local county sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade. Goodson’s death was ruled a homicide, and sparked protests in the city.
The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are investigating.