The Columbus Division of Police has officially released a graphic piece of footage from the bodycams of law enforcement involved in a deadly officer involved shooting in the Franklinton area of Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus Police said that Kareem Ali Nadir Jones was shot by two officers after a prolonged armed confrontation in the Franklinton area around 5:45 PM, Friday.
Police claim the officers were patrolling the area when they saw Jones walking between cars with extremely erratic behavior.
Police said they stopped him for a brief conversation and it turned into a confrontation and they felt threatened after Jones refused their repeated commands to get on the ground.
That’s when both officers fired shots. Police said Jones did not follow the either of the officers’ commands. Jones died from his injuries on Monday. Police said a gun was found at the scene.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther released a following statement in regards to the newly released footage:
“The body worn camera video released today is a graphic reminder of the dangers police officers face every day, and illustrates the split-second decisions officers must make to keep Columbus neighborhoods safe. Any loss of life is tragic. We feel for the friends and family left behind, and for the officers who will forever be impacted. Body worn cameras, however, can help provide early answers to difficult questions, and aid the thorough investigation that follows. They are an important tool that will help protect officers, the public and the public’s trust.”