Adam Coy Arrested, Indicted in Shooting Death of Andre Hill
Former Columbus police officer Adam Coy has been arrested and indicted in the fatal shooting of Andre Hill, the unarmed Black man shot and killed in the early morning of Dec. 22, 2020.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced on Wednesday, Feb. 3, the charges against Coy, a 19-year veteran with the department.
The charges include murder in the commission of a felony, felonious assault, and two counts of dereliction of duty, the latter of which for failure to activate his body camera and failure to inform his fellow officer that he felt Hill presented a danger.
Coy, while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle by a neighbor, shot Hill four times in a garage seconds after arriving at the scene, body camera footage shows.
Yost said the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation reviewed the evidence, interviewed witnesses, and presented charges to a grand jury in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, resulting in the indictment.
“Truth is the best friend of justice, and the grand jury here found the truth,” said Yost. “Andre Hill should not be dead.”
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther responded to the indictment in a statement, thanking the grand jury for their service.
“The community was outraged by the killing of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man, by law enforcement,” he said. “The indictment does not lessen the pain of his tragic death for Mr. Hill’s loved ones, but it is a step towards justice.”
Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin shared similar sentiments.
“Tonight we have partial justice — true justice would be if Andre’ Hill was still with us today,” he said. “I’m appreciative for Attorney General Yost’s cooperation and deliberative action. Officer Coy’s indictment means that the appropriate authority plans to prosecute this case and will seek a conviction.”
The Hill family’s lawyer, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, said this was an important step toward justice.
“We are encouraged by the decision of the grand jury to hold Office Coy accountable for his reckless action, resulting in the tragic death of Andre Hill,” Crump said in a statement. “Officer Coy claimed, ‘There’s a gun in his other hand,’ while Andre clearly held a phone. Though nothing will bring back Andre’s life and relieve his family’s grief, this is an important step toward justice.”
Coy has been taken into custody and awaits arraignment.