Officer Jonathon McCoy Gave Nearly 30 Commands Before Firing
Kettering, Ohio – Kettering Police officer Jonathon McCoy gave about 30 commands to the occupants of a car he pulled over before firing nine shots and killing a felon who had a gun sticking out of his pants. (Video below)
Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said Officer McCoy told Hoops six times to get his hands up, six times to put his hands on the dash, four times not to move, twice not to reach for the gun, twice not to do anything stupid and four times to relax.
Chief Protsman said Hoops was a felon and was prohibited from carrying a firearm. And police also have a signed statement from someone who said Hoops said he was not going back prison and “was willing to take out any cop that he had to.”
The incident began as a traffic stop and Officer McCoy noticed the gun sticking out of the pants of Hoops.
“We know there was a physical confrontation where the officer reached in and grabbed hold of Mr. Hoops’ right arm, trying to stop him from reaching down towards the gun,” Protsman said, according to the Dayton Daily News. “This continues for a little bit.”
“We now know through the investigation that Mr. Hoops pulled his hand away from him and then reached down for the gun, and the officer stepped back, and that’s when the shots were fired,” Chief Protsman said.
The female driver and other male in the van could be heard telling Hoops, “Jason, please don’t do it” and “it’s just not worth it,” Chief Protsman said.
Protsman said that when officers were searching for the gun and opened the van’s door, “The gun was laying on the floorboard in between the door and the seat,” the chief said. “So, at some point, that gun did come out of his pocket during this encounter.”
There will be a criminal investigation of the shooting and the grand jury process initiated as well as an internal probe, Chief Protsman said. Officer McCoy would remain on administrative duty until the grand jury process was complete, the newspaper reported.
“What I’ve seen in this video, I’m pretty confident in saying that this officer did a very good job on this stop,” Protsman said.