Crime And Law

Kettering officer not indicted for fatal August shooting

KETTERING — The Kettering police officer who shot and killed a man in August on Craig Drive was not indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officer Jonathon McCoy, 27, shot and killed Jason Hoops, who was a passenger in a gray Ford van stopped Aug. 27 for a traffic infraction, according to police.

Kettering police Chief Chip Protsman said McCoy acted properly by firing after giving 30 commands to the occupants to get out of the vehicle after the officer spotted a gun grip sticking out of Hoops' pocket. Protsman said Hoops did not comply with McCoy's instructions and the officer feared for his own safety.

Over two days, a grand jury considered the evidence from the investigation, including testimony from 16 witnesses.

“After consideration of all the testimony and evidence, the grand jury returned a no true bill, finding that the officer’s actions were not criminal under the circumstances,” according to a prepared statement from the prosecutor’s office.