Affidavit: Man shot by police yelled “shoot me”

A Troy patrolman shot the man after he refused to drop his knife while approaching the officer, according to a search warrant affadavit released Monday.

Police responding to a welfare check shot and wounded a man 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.

Kenneth Coleman Jr., 31, was shot Jan. 20 in the legs 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.

Coleman has been charged with felonious assault.

Police were called to the apartment at 1065 Mayfield Dr. 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.

The officer dispatched arrived and asked for additional officers because Coleman was outside the building with a knife, police Capt. Joe Long said Jan. 20. The shots had been fired before another officer arrived, he said. Long said Coleman refused to put the knife down and Short fired.

The search warrant affidavit signed by police Detective Chris Baker said Coleman was approaching Short as he stepped from his vehicle.

“Kenneth pulled a knife. Ptlm. Short advised Kenneth to drop the knife but Kenneth was not complying. Kenneth was yelling ‘shoot me,’” Baker wrote. “Kenneth continued coming towards Ptlm. Short as he was backing up. Ptlm. Short then fired his weapon and hit Kenneth.”

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation’s special investigations unit is handling the investigation. The incident remains under investigation, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.

The search warrant said items subject to seizure during the apartment search would include any and all knives or weapons, “journals, writing or notes related to violent behavior or mental health issues or history.”

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

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