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Affidavit: Man shot by Troy police yelled ‘shoot me’

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ 10:52 AM
Updated: Monday, January 26, 2015 @ 6:21 PM
By: Breaking News Staff and Nancy Bowman, Contributing Writer

A man shot and wounded by a Troy police officer Jan. 20 remains in custody as the investigation continues. Here are the key facts:

  • Kenneth Coleman Jr. is charged with felony assault
  • Officer Jim Short remains on paid leave
  • Coleman was holding a knife when shot
  • He was taken to a mental health facility

UPDATE @ 6:12 p.m. (Jan. 26): Police responding to a welfare check shot and wounded Kenneth Coleman Jr. after he refused to drop a knife while walking toward the officer yelling “shoot me,” according to an affidavit filed with a request to search the man’s apartment.

Coleman was shot in the legs Jan. 20 by Troy Patrolman Jim Short, who remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Coleman was treated at Miami Valley Hospital before being evaluated by a mental health team and taken to a mental health facility Jan. 21. He is charged with felonious assault.

Police were called to the apartment at 1065 Mayfield Drive on the city’s northeast side around 10:30 a.m. on a request to check the welfare of an occupant. A neighbor reported hearing screaming and loud noises.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22: A Troy man shot Tuesday morning by a police officer responding to call for a welfare check at an apartment has been released from Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and taken to a mental health facility, according to Troy police.

Kenneth Coleman Jr., 31, was shot in the legs by Patrolman Jim Short after Coleman, who was armed with a knife, allegedly refused to put the knife down.

The incident, which took place outside Coleman’s apartment at 1065 Mayfield Drive is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Short was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. He has been with the department since May 1998. A charge of felonious assault was filed against Coleman in Miami County Municipal Court. An arraignment date has not been set.

UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (Jan. 20): Veteran Troy police Officer Jim Short is on paid administrative leave after he shot Kenneth Coleman Jr., who was wielding a knife outside an apartment building in the 100 block of Mayfield Drive.

Kenneth Coleman Jr., 31, shot in the legs and taken to Miami Valley Hospital, is expected to survive.

Short, 44, fired when Coleman refused to put down a knife outside the building, Capt. Joe Long said. Short has been with the department since May 1998, according to his personnel file.

The shots were fired before any other officers arrived, the captain said. The number of shots fired is still being determined. Long said witnesses reported hearing two to three shots.

Long said police would be filing a felonious assault charge against Coleman. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is handling the investigation.

Neighbor Robert Kelley said he called 9-1-1 after hearing banging and Coleman “screaming at the top of his lungs.” He said he heard gunshots while crossing the street to go to a friend’s house after making the call. He said Coleman generally “keeps to himself,” adding “it is unfortunate something like that had to happen.”

Long said police were “very familiar” with Coleman and previously had handled calls at the apartment involving loud music and disturbances. The last criminal charge against him in the county was in 2009, according to Municipal Court records. Past charges mostly involved misdemeanors including assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Some of the charges were dismissed.

Tuesday’s incident is the third officer-involved shooting in Troy since 2013. The two previous incidents resulted in fatalities.

Al Pickett, 52, died Aug. 20, 2013, when shot by officers responding to a disturbance at his ex-wife’s apartment. Franklin Jones III, 30, died Dec. 29, 2013, after shooting another Troy man in the buttocks in a dispute. He fired at police responding to reports of gunshots in a residential area. They returned fire, killing him.

UPDATE @ 1 p.m.: The man shot by a Troy police officer has been identified as 31-year-old Kenneth G. Coleman Jr.

Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots in the incident. Coleman’s condition was not available, but he was expected to survive.

The officer involved has not been identified, but he is a veteran Troy police officer, said Capt. Joe Long. The officer involved has been put on paid administrative leave per routine police policy for officer-involved shootings.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.: Troy Police Capt. Joe Long said the officer involved was dispatched on a welfare check/disturbance after the dispatch center received a complaint about loud music coming from an apartment.

The officer confronted a man who was wielding a knife outside the rear of the apartment. The man was shot in the legs, according to Long.

“Our officer confronted the subject and shots were fired with the suspect being hit and the suspect being transported to Miami Valley Hospital,” Long said.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.: The man who was shot has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

WHIO’s Steve Baker will have a live report from the scene during the noon newscast.

UPDATE @ 11:18 a.m.: A Troy officer was responding on a welfare check and the officer shot a man in the legs, authorities said.

The person who was shot was taken to hospital. He’s expected to survive.

Mayfield Drive was blocked to traffic by police caution tape as the investigation gets underway.

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.: A male was shot in an officer-involved shooting, Baker reports.

Troy police are at the scene. A life squad was observed leaving the scene.

We’re working to learn more about what happened.

FIRST REPORT

WHIO’s Steve Baker is en route to the scene of a reported shooting at an apartment in the 1000 block of Mayfield Drive in Troy.

Troy police called for medics shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to scanner traffic.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.