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Ohio OIS of Man with BB Gun Ruled Justified

January 23, 2014  | 

The Summit County, Ohio, Prosecutor has determined that a University of Akron police officer was justified when he shot and killed a 64-year-old man during a traffic stop in May.

No charges will be filed against Officer Aaron Burnette and the case wasn't presented to a grand jury.

Video from the officer's body pack shows him firing his service pistol 16 times into a Pontiac Sunfire.

The officer, a 15-year veteran of the UA force, opened fire after James Genda pulled out what appeared to be a .45-caliber pistol. It turned out the weapon was actually a BB gun.

After Burnette told the driver to get out of the car, Genda can be heard saying, "I hate to have to do all this."

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said Burnette "had no choice but to shoot" after Genda pointed the pellet gun.

Tags: Traffic Enforcement, Campus Police, Officer Involved Shootings, Replica Guns


Comments (3)

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S.S. @ 1/24/2014 8:36 AM

Sounds like suicide by cop to me. The Officer did what he had to do, and most importantly he went home that night. This COWARD wasn't man enough to do the job on his own. Have a great time in Hell!!!

Bob@Az. @ 1/25/2014 6:02 PM

Nice to see a little common sense in the Justice System for once. Thank you Prosecutor Walsh for seeing the real picture. And I hope Officer Burnette has a long and safe career. Stay Safe.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/30/2014 4:40 AM

Even though there were no criminal charges this Officer faces a federal civil rights investigation which usually takes years to conclude. My sympathies to the officer and I agree he had no other choice.

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