An officer who witnessed the fatal shooting of Andre Hill in Ohio told investigators that according to the documents he received from CBS News, he did not see the threat before Hill died. The officer who shot Hill, identified as Adam Coe, was shot dead Monday by the city’s director of public safety, as Columbus’ police chief called the shooting “horrific” and recommended his termination.
Earlier released body camera footage showed Coy as a 47-year-old black man near Hill, as he was standing inside a garage on 22 December. Hill walked towards Coy holding his cellphone and Coy opened fire within seconds. Hill then fell to the ground as Coy shouted to show his hand. The video shows Coy not providing any medical assistance for Hill, who was treated by medics several minutes later. Hill was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Coyle did not turn on his body camera before moving to Hill – but a 60-second automatic “look back” feature triggered when Coe turned on the camera after the shooting, without incident on the sound Captured.
A December 23 interview with police investigators with Officer Amy Detweiler documented in a summary obtained by CBS News on Tuesday revealed more details of the fatal shootings. Detweiler told investigators that he reported to a person about 1:30 a.m. after he was reported to have turned on the SUV’s engine that he said, Coe, who was already at the scene, told him Hill had given the SUV Parked and she was walking. A garage She said that she did not see any interaction between Coy and Hill.
Detweiler said that when he and Coy arrived at the garage, Hill was standing inside without entering the residence. When Coe asked Hill to get out of the garage “in a normal tone,” Hill did not respond verbally, but started walking outside, she said.
According to the interview summary, Detweiler told investigators that Hill walked away with a cellphone in his hand. “She does not observe any danger from Mr. Hill,” the summary reads. Detweiler said Hill then turned to Coy and dropped his left hand. Detweiler told investigators he could not see his right side, but said he did not see a weapon.
Soon after, Detweiler said, he overheard the cuckoo, “He has a gun in his other hand, a gun in his hand!” This was followed by gunfire. Detweiler did not provide any information about what happened after the shooting.
CBS News also received an administrative investigation into Columbus’ Police Chief Thomas Quinlan’s Coe, which was sent to the city’s Director of Public Safety as part of a recommendation that Coe be fired. In the report, Quinlan stated that Coy “reacted intensely, making Mr. Hill feel unarmed,” and said that Coy was heard on his body camera “being physically ill” after the shooting. Can.
Nevertheless, Quinlan wrote that “Officer Coy’s use of force was not properly justified, he did not use trained techniques, did not use his BWC properly, and did not provide medical assistance.”
“Officer Coy is not a ‘fraudulent’ mistake as to the negligence or inadvertent error in handling this run, but the decision (sic) and actions taken were careless and intentional,” Quinlan said.
Quinlan also stated, without elaborating, that “I have reacted to the shooting scenes involving several officers and have spoken with several officers after these important incidents. There was something different about the officer’s engagement after this important incident. Which is difficult to describe for this letter. ”
Quinlan, while serving as Coy’s patrol lieutenant, also included an excerpt from a letter he wrote in 2008, in which he wrote, “If continuous improvements are not fully realized, a decision that would make Officer Coe Must be salvageable, must follow. Desired result, a shift toward termination will be warranted, as the Police Division will have all the added value to serve Officer Coy. “In the 2008 letter that indicated But Quinlan did not elaborate.
Quinlan publicly made his recommendation that Coe be fired on 24 December. Director of Public Safety Ned Pettus Jr. fired Coe after the hearing on Monday.
“Adam Coy’s actions do not live up to the oath of Columbus police officer, or our standards, and the community, the oath demanded of our officers,” Pettus said. According to a representative of his police union, Coe did not attend the hearing.
Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump, representing Hill’s family, described the shootings as “the right decision” on Monday. He responded to Detweiler’s claim by issuing a statement on Tuesday that Coy said Hill had a gun before being fired, stating “the mindset of shooting the police first and asking questions later when he This is inconsistent when it comes to a black person. “Black lives don’t matter to a lot of law enforcement officers.” ”
“Although Officer Coe was administered the oath of protection and defense, he instead erred in taking another innocent black life. Forget about Second Amendment rights, black people carry cell phones without facing a deadly risk Doesn’t even have the right to, “Crump said. .
Although Coy’s administrative investigation has been resolved, several other investigations are still ongoing. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating Hill’s death, which had a murder secret in the initial autopsy report, and Quinlan is still on the scene for failing to turn on his body cameras or assisting Hill. Investigating other officers present.
The city’s assistant director of public safety said Detweiler has been reassigned to administrative duties while the investigation continues.
Coy’s lawyer told CBS News that his team hopes the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Attorney General’s office will “complete a fair and thorough investigation that is directed and directed by the Supreme Court of Justice and Principals (sic) Hoagie who uses the guide. Bullying action. “Coe has not issued a public statement on the shooting.
Nathalie Neeks and Erica Scott contributed reporting.