Daily Beast: A Columbus, Ohio, police officer who was fired after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in December has been arrested in connection with the killing, authorities said late Wednesday.
Adam Coy, 44, faces charges of murder, felonious assault, and dereliction of duty after a grand jury brought an indictment against him Wednesday for the shooting of Andre Hill, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced in a Wednesday evening press conference.
BREAKING: Andre Hill was fatally shot by former @ColumbusPolice officer Adam Coy who claimed “there’s a gun in his other hand” while Andre clearly held a PHONE. Today, Coy was indicted by a grand jury for Murder & Felonious Assault, first steps to get Andre and his family JUSTICE
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) February 4, 2021
Coy had 19 years on the force when he responded to a complaint about a man sitting in an SUV in the early hours of Dec. 22.
Former Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy was indicted, charged and arrested for the murder of Andre Hill, Ohio Attorney General David Yost announced during a press conference. Here's a breakdown of what we know about his arrest, the grand jury decision, and what's next. pic.twitter.com/5kw1gmz0md
— Matter News (@matternews_) February 4, 2021
Coy and a fellow officer approached Hill in the garage of a home he was visiting, and after Hill appeared to hold up a phone, Coy opened fire. While Coy later claimed he thought Hill had a gun, his colleague, Officer Amy Detwiler, maintained that she “did not observe any threats” from Hill before the shooting.
Former Ohio police officer indicted in fatal shooting of Andre Hill https://t.co/DMZoRgujpQ
— YO-SEMITES (@mindofamisfit1) February 4, 2021
Hill, 47, was handcuffed by officers as he lay on the ground dying, and he did not receive aid for several minutes. Then-Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, in recommending Coy’s firing, called his actions “reckless and deliberate.”
INDICTMENT IN ANDRE HILL SHOOTING: The Ohio attorney general is announcing a grand jury indictment of former Columbus officer Adam Coy. The charges against him are murder in the commission of a felony, felonious assault and dereliction of duty. JL-150WE pic.twitter.com/fZMqGwkbPD
— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) February 4, 2021
As The Daily Beast previously reported, Coy had racked up a slew of complaints against him during his time on the force, including one 2012 excessive force complaint that led to a payout.