The police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in Columbus, Ohio, last week, has been fired, according to the city’s police chief.
Officer Adam Coy was terminated on Monday after bodycam footage showed him fatally shooting 47-year-old Andre Hill, who was holding a cellphone, and failing to administer first aid for several minutes.
“Mr. Coy will now have to answer to the state investigators for the death of Andre Hill,” Quinlan wrote. “This is what accountability looks like,” he added.
Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. said in a statement that Coy was fired hours after a hearing was held to determine his employment status.
“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 said. “The shooting of Andre Hill is a tragedy for all who loved him in addition to the community and our Division of Police.”
Hill’s family and attorney Ben Crump, in a joint statement, praised the decision to fire Coy.
“The Columbus Department of Public Safety made the correct decision to terminate Officer Adam Coy today,“ they wrote. ”We look forward to reviewing all the bodycam footage and determining everything that happened leading to Andre Hill’s death. We need to redefine a relationship between police and communities of color in which it doesn’t turn deadly for a black person with a cell phone to encounter a law enforcement officer.”
Coy remains under criminal investigation for last week’s shooting, and a probe is also being conducted into the other officers who responded to the call that ended in Hill being shot.
Police also said in the statement that there was a delay in administering first aid to Hill.
No weapon was recovered at the scene and a preliminary investigation showed Hill was visiting someone at the home, according to the statement.
“This is a tragedy on many levels,” Quinlan wrote in the statement. “Most importantly a life has been lost.”
“If evidence determines that laws or policies were violated, officers will be held accountable,” he added.