COLUMBUS, Ohio — The family of a 23-year-old woman killed in a police-involved shooting have more concerns after learning the officer involved is now part of a criminal investigation.
Columbus police started the investigation after a citizen complaint was filed against 30-year veteran officer Andrew Mitchell. The complaint was filed before the August 23rd incident where Donna Castleberry died. Investigators are trying to determine if there is any connection between the allegations in the citizen complaint and the police-involved shooting.
After additional evidence and facts are gathered, CPD, along with the division's legal advisors and the prosecutor's office, will determine if charges will be filed.
"If he was being investigated for a complaint, and it's a criminal investigation, why was he even allowed on the street?" said Mary Laile, Castleberry's cousin.
Police reports show Castleberry became involved in an altercation with Mitchell as he attempted to arrest her during a prostitution sting in Franklinton. Investigators said during that time, Castleberry stabbed Mitchell in the hand. Mitchell fired several shots inside the undercover vehicle striking the mother-of-two, according to police reports. Mitchell was taken to Grant Medical Center for surgery, Castleberry was pronounced dead.
"I'd say she was probably very scared, and she probably didn't want to die" Laile said.
The family wants to know if the citizen complaint had anything to do with Castleberry. They also want to hear the audio recording from inside the officer's car that recorded the incident. Loved ones said they were told there were no video or audio recordings, but recently learned from an investigator that an audio recording existed.
"We asked and he confirmed there is an audio file and we asked when it would be released, and he said maybe within the next couple of days" Laile added.
Police said Mitchell won't resume any vice unit duties until the division has enough factual information about the allegations.
ABC 6/FOX 28 reached out to Columbus police for comment on the investigation, but haven't heard back.