Mother of teen shot and killed during deputy-involved-shooting demanding answers
The mother of a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a deputy inside the Franklin County Courthouse, demanding to know why a gun was fired at her child.
"You got tasers, you don't need to use a gun," said Karen Haynes, whose son Joey, 16, was shot in the stomach as he was leaving a juvenile courtroom Wednesday in connection with charges involving a firearm.
The teen died a short time later at Grant Medical Center.
"I want to know why it was ok for the deputy to pull his gun," said Haynes, who says the altercation started when she put her arm in front of the deputy and asked him not to touch her son, who moments later came to the defense of his mother.
"My son grabbed him by the shoulder and said get away from my mom," said Haynes, "the cop grabbed him, flipped him over, was on top of him with his gun, so close it sounded like a muffled pillow shot, and my son's hands were up, why did you have to shoot him?"
Franklin County Sheriff Officials tell a different story, they say a shot was fired after Joey and his family got into a scuffle with the officer as they left the courtroom.
"The deputy was knocked to the ground, as part of the altercation where he came under attack, one shot was fired," said Franklin County Chief Deputy Rick Minerd.
Investigators now looking into if the gun was fired intentionally or accidentally during the confrontation.
"That wasn't accidental, you had to have your finger in the trigger," said Haynes.
The shooting expected to be presented to a grand jury, but Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien tells ABC 6/FOX 28, he may ask the Ohio Attorney General to take over the case if one of his assistant prosecutors is required to testify.
Franklin County Sheriff officials say they will release the identity of the deputy, who received minor injuries in the altercation, after they investigate numerous threats made against the officer, including many on social media.
Authorities hope to release the name by Friday after they determine the deputy and family are not in danger.