Columbus police officer who shot, killed unarmed Black man identified as Adam Coy

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black man early Tuesday has been identified as Adam Coy, a veteran of the force for at least 18 years, sources tell NBC4’s Darlene Hill.

Police were responding to a non-emergency call in the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive on the Northwest Side when they spotted a man in an open garage. The man approached the officer with a phone in his left hand. His right hand was not visible. The officer then fired.

Because the officer did not turn on his body camera until after the incident, only the last 60 seconds of video with no audio were preserved.

The body camera footage has yet to be released. Mayor Andrew Ginther said that would come after notification of next of kin and sharing the footage with them first.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is the lead agency looking into the shooting.

An earlier version of this story stated the man’s right hand was in his pocket. This was incorrect.

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