SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Police are investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who died after reportedly being shot and then struck by a police cruiser that was responding to the scene.
According to police, Eric Eugene Cole called police for help after he was involved in a shooting incident around 11:22 p.m. on June 13. Cole was lying in the street after being shot in the arm when he was struck by a police cruise as officers arrived on the scene, police say.
The accident was captured on the dashcam video of two Springfield Police cruisers responding to the scene. In the videos, Cole can be seen lying in the street as the first cruiser, driven by Officer Amanda Rosales, approaches and runs him over.
Cole was taken to the Springfield Regional Medical Center and later flown to Miami Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said Rosales did not see Cole in the street as she was looking for house addresses. Graf went on to say that Rosales stopped immediately after running over Cole and began aid on him.
The Montgomery County Coroner corroborated Cole’s death but has yet to confirm the cause and manner of his death.
The Springfield Police Division is investigating the shooting, while the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the vehicle-pedestrian accident that stemmed from the shooting.