Kettering police officer Jonathon McCoy shot and killed Jason Hoops, 33, of Fairborn after a traffic stop of his gray Ford van Sunday evening near Craig Drive and East Bataan Drive.
“I’m very proud of the way they handled the situation,” Kettering police Chip Protsman said during a Monday press conference about his officers’ response to the shooting and investigation. “They are a tremendous group of women and men who do things very professionally and handle things very well.
“It is a tragic event, something that happens in law enforcement, obviously, from time to time. We are concerned about the officer who was involved, to make sure that his well-being is good. We’re also concerned about the victim’s family.”
Here’s what we know now about the shooting:
The deceased: Hoops’s vehicle was stopped by McCoy at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, but Protsman didn’t say what the traffic stop was for during a Monday morning press conference.
Hoops was shot about three minutes later, according to Protsman. The incident report states, “Suspect failed to comply with verbal orders.”
Protsman also said McCoy told dispatchers that Hoops still had a firearm in his pocket after the officer shot.
“The cop was out with his big rifle,” witness Ashlei Back told this news organization. “And he was yelling, ‘Get down.’ Everything just happened really fast.”
Dispatch traffic indicated Hoops suffered a gunshot wound, but the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office did not elaborate on how many times he was hit or the cause or manner of his death.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed staff arrived at Miami Valley Hospital on Sunday night to collect Hoops’ body.
Hoops had two 2009 felony convictions in Greene County Common Pleas Court for assault and possession of controlled substances.
The officer: Protsman said, per policy, McCoy has been placed on administrative leave. The chief said it was the first time McCoy has fired has service weapon while working for Kettering.
McCoy has been with the Kettering police department since May 2015. He also worked as a full-time officer at the University of Dayton from December 2012 until May 2015 and as a part-time officer with Cedarville from November 2013 to May 2015.
Protsman said McCoy is a “very good officer” who is “well-liked” by the department and community. McCoy is a member of the SWAT team and a bicycle officer.
His personnel file has been requested by this news organization. Protsman said McCoy had not yet been interviewed by investigators.
The investigation: Protsman said at 6:38 p.m. Sunday, McCoy called for additional assistance and at 6:39 p.m., the officer said shots were fired and requested a medic.
McCoy told dispatchers, “One down, he still has the firearm in his pocket.”
At 6:41 p.m., additional officers arrived and administered first aid until medics from the Kettering Fire Dept. arrived. They transported Hoops to the hospital.
Protsman said requests for cruiser camera footage will be handled by the city’s law office. The chief said that when he reviewed the cruiser cam, two passengers inside Hoops’ vehicle were “begging and pleading for this individual to not touch the gun and to respond to the commands that the officer was giving to him.”
Protsman said he wouldn’t answer where Hoops’ gun was when McCoy fired or how many times his officer fired. The chief said he didn’t believe the two other people in Hoops’ vehicle were facing criminal charges.
Protsman said Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will handle the evidence, but that his department will handle both the criminal and internal investigations.
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