Here's video and a timeline of the Andre Hill shooting by Columbus police

Bethany Bruner
The Columbus Dispatch

Video from the body camera worn by Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy early Tuesday morning shows the moment when he fatally shot 47-year-old Andre' Maurice Hill.

Coy and a female officer had responded to a non-emergency disturbance call from a neighbor about a vehicle running in the street on and off for an extended period of time in the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive in the Cranbrook neighborhood.  

Coy's bodycam shows the officers getting out of their cruisers and walking up the driveway to the open garage door at the Oberlin Drive home with their flashlights pointing into the dark garage.

An Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent arrives at the scene where a Columbus police officer shot and killed an unarmed man.

Hill, who later was determined to be a guest at the home, has his back turned to police. Coy, 44, a 19-year police veteran, has his gun drawn as Hill turns around on the right side of a vehicle in the garage and takes four steps toward the officers with his cellphone in his left hand and his right hand in the pocket of his winter coat.

Coy then shoots Hill as he approaches the entrance to the garage. Until this point, there is no audio on the video. 

The body cameras have a 60-second "look-back" feature that captures video, but not audio. This look-back recorded the shooting, indicating the officer did not turn on a body camera until immediately after the shooting took place. 

Police division policy says that all sworn personnel are required to render "appropriate aid and/or summon emergency medical services … as soon as it is reasonable and safe to do so."

Hill was taken by paramedics to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

The Dispatch, which obtained the video through a public records request, is presenting it here for the public to see what happened. Viewer discretion is advised, given the graphic images and language in the video.

What happened when

Here is a timeline of what happened in the moments before and after the shooting of Andre Hill by Columbus police officer Adam Coy on Dec. 22 outside a home on the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive.

1:38 a.m.: Dispatchers air radio traffic dispatching two officers, including Coy, to a home on Oberlin Drive about a complaint. That call, from a neighbor, said a car had been running outside the home for about 30 minutes.

1:49 a.m.: Coy and a female officer arrive at the home and approach the garage, which has an open door. 

Neither officer has their body camera on at this time. The officers arrived in separate cruisers and did not have their lights or sirens on, and no dash camera was recording. 

Coy turned on his body camera nine seconds after the shooting occurred. The cameras used by Columbus police have a feature that captures video, but no audio, of the 60 seconds prior to the camera being activated. In this case, the "look-back" feature captures the shooting. 

The officers are seen near the garage, where Hill is inside and facing away from the officers. Hill turns toward them and takes four steps in their direction. He has a cell phone, with the screen illuminated, in his left hand. Hill's right hand is not visible.

1:50 a.m.: The officer responding with Coy, who has not been identified, says over the police radio that shots have been fired. Coy's voice is not heard on radio traffic following this transmission.

The body camera video, now with audio, shows Coy telling the female officer not to go near Hill because he can't see his hand and asking if a medic is en route. 

Coy tells Hill to put his hands up and roll over. The video appears to show Hill raise one arm.

1:51 a.m.: The body camera video shows Coy rolling Hill over and uttering an expletive, his gun still drawn. He holsters his weapon and turns away, remaining near the garage and Hill.

Radio traffic from the female officer is that the officers are OK. She does not request a medic.

1:52 a.m. The female officer asks over the radio for an officer support unit — a designated officer that will not leave the side of Coy for the duration of the night.

1:53 a.m. Coy is walking in semi-circles in the driveway. He occasionally walks back up and appears to look at Hill.

1:54 a.m.: The female officer is seen on the body camera footage beginning to put up crime scene tape in the street. 

1:55 a.m.: An officer traveling to the scene asks over the radio if a squad is needed at the scene. 

1:56 a.m.: The female officer responds on the radio, "We do not have one but we need one." 

The body camera shows that no officer on the scene has rendered any aid to Hill, who remains lying on his back in the opening of the garage.

Additional officers begin arriving at the scene. An officer, who is not identified, is heard saying "Cuff him up" in regard to Hill. 

1:57 a.m.: At least six officers have responded to the scene and are standing in the driveway area near the garage and where Hill is. None appears to be giving any aid to Hill.

2:00 a.m.: Coy's officer-support unit arrives and he retrieves what appears to be an inhaler, a cellphone and a bottle of water from his cruiser. 

2:01 a.m.: Radio traffic from other responding officers direct a medic to come into the scene from Kenny Road for better access to the scene.

2:04 a.m.: An unidentified sergeant arrives and gives Coy permission to turn off his body camera. Before the camera is turned off, the support unit officer said he would be taking Coy to a nearby police substation.

2:08 a.m.: A second medic arrives on the scene. 

2:25 a.m.: Hill is pronounced dead by physicians at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

A neighbor lights a candle at a small memorial near the site of the fatal police shooting of Andre Hill on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 on Oberlin Drive in Columbus, Ohio. Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by Columbus Division of Police officer Adam Coy after responding to a suspicious vehicle call around 1:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive. According to body-worn camera footage, Coy shot Hill only a few seconds after Hill was seen emerging from a garage with a cellphone in his left hand. The footage also showed that several minutes elapsed before aid was rendered following the shooting. Officer Coy has been relieved of duty for failure to turn on his body-worn camera and failure to render aid.

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