The Columbus, Ohio police officer who shot and killed Andre Hill was fired on Monday after bodycam footage showed him shoot the unarmed man and not render first aid for several minutes.
Former officer Adam Coy fatally shot Hill on Dec. 22 when he was responding to a non-emergency call regarding a man “sitting in an SUV for an extended period, repeatedly turning the vehicle on and off,” according to the city’s Department of Public Safety.
The bodycam footage shows Coy and another officer approaching an open garage as Hill steps out holding up his cellphone. Within seconds, Coy shoots Hill.
There is no audio for the first minute of the video because Coy did not turn his body camera on until after he shot Hill. However, the body camera is equipped with an automatic “look back” feature that captures one minute of video before it is turned on.
Coy was terminated hours after a disciplinary hearing was held to determine his employment, Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. said in a statement.
“The actions of Adam Coy do not live up to the oath of a Columbus Police officer, or the standards we, and the community, demand of our officers,” the statement read. “The shooting of Andre Hill is a tragedy for all who loved him in addition to the community and our Division of Police.”
“The information, evidence and representations made by Chief (Thomas) Quinlan as the investigator are, in my opinion, indisputable. His disciplinary recommendation is well-supported and appropriate,” Pettus said.
Quinlan, who recommended firing Coy, said in a statement Monday that the evidence against Coy provided “solid rationale” for termination.
“This is what accountability looks like,” Quinlan said, adding that Coy will now have to answer to state investigators regarding Hill’s death.
Quinlan recommended that Coy be fired because he said Coy shot Hill and didn’t activate his body-worn camera when he responded to the call or render aid after the shooting.
Coy has not been charged yet and remains under criminal investigation.