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Third competency evaluation ordered for Troy man shot by police officer

Published: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 4:05 PM
By: Nancy Bowman - Contributing Writer

TROY - A Miami County judge today ordered a new competency evaluation for a Troy man accused of threatening a Troy police officer with a knife as the officer responded to a welfare check request in January 2015.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee ordered a new evaluation for Kenneth Coleman Jr., 33, saying his last evaluation, in March 2016, is too old. Coleman was found incompetent to stand trial in that evaluation and another one in 2015.

Gee also noted that defense lawyer Jay Lopez said Coleman was living in a group home before his arrest.

Coleman was shot by a responding police officer during the Jan. 20, 2015, incident outside an apartment on Mayfield Drive. Police said they were asked to check on Coleman after a neighbor reported hearing screaming and loud noises. In an affidavit, a police detective said Coleman refused to drop a knife while walking toward Patrolman Jim Short yelling "shoot me." 

Coleman was shot in the legs and hospitalized. He was found incompetent to stand trial in March 2015 and sent to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Toledo for competency restoration. 

A county grand jury cleared Short in the shooting in February 2015. 

Coleman was indicted on the felonious assault charge in August 2016. 

Coleman appeared in court Monday but stood mute instead of making a plea. the case was continued to today.

Bail for Coleman was set at $100,000 following his arrest and continued today by Gee.

The case will be scheduled for a plea and another hearing when the new competency report is received, Gee said.