No indictment returned against 5 CPD officers in May 2018 fatal officer-involved shooting

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A grand jury didn’t return an indictment against five Columbus police officers in a fatal shooting in May of last year. 

According to a release from Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, on May 19, 2018, officers were called to 1300 block of West State Street on the report of shots fired. 

When officers arrived on scene, neighbors said that Corey Cordova had been firing a gun. 

O’Brien says that when officers attempted to talk to Cordova, he refused to answer the door, so police requested SWAT assistance.

During the standoff with SWAT officers, Cordova came out onto the rooftop of the home with a gun, according to O’Brien. 

Police say Cordova initially pointed the gun at himself and was yelling at officers to shoot.

Columbus Division of Police Officers Howard Brenner, Kenneth Dale, Timothy Halbakken, Troy Palmer and Randolph Rich fired upon Cordova after he pointed a gun at them, according to police. 

Cordova was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to O’Brien, a loaded handgun was found on the roof, along with spent casings from the weapons, as well as ammunition inside the residence. 

On Tuesday, a grand jury reviewed the fatal officer-involved shooting and did not return an indictment against the five officers. 

A grand jury only inquires into whether or not a crime has been committed, and in this incident whether any degree of unlawful criminal homicide occurred. 

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