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Officer cleared in January shooting

Published: Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 10:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 19, 2015 @ 3:13 PM
By: News Staff

UPDATE @ Feb. 19:

A Miami County grand jury cleared a Troy police officer in the Jan. 20 shooting of a 31-year-old man.

A notice disclosing the grand jury’s finding was filed today in Common Pleas Court after being signed by Judge Jeannine Pratt.

Kenneth Coleman, 31, was shot in the legs by Patrolman Jim Short when Short responded to Coleman’s Mayfair Drive apartment on a request to check on his welfare.

County Prosecutor Tony Kendell filed a request with Pratt to allow for disclosure of the result of the grand jury’s usually secret proceedings when no charges are returned.

The grand jury heard evidence in the case Feb. 12 after the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification completed its investigation of the incident Feb. 11.

Feb. 12, 2015:

The man shot in the legs by Troy police is now out of a mental health facility and in Miami County Jail.

Kenneth Coleman Jr., 31, is charged with felonious assault.

Miami County Municipal Court Judge Gary Nasal entered a not guilty plea on Coleman’s behalf.

He also set bond at $300,000 and ordered Coleman to undergo a competency and sanity evaluation.

Police responding to a welfare check shot and wounded Coleman 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.

It happened on Jan. 20.

Troy Patrolman Jim Short remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.