Columbus Police identify officer who shot Kyle Veyon near Eastland


Columbus Police have identified a man with a knife and the officer who shot him during a marital dispute at an apartment complex near Eastland.

Kyle Anthony Veyon, 26, of North Linden, was shot dead by Officer Andrew Hawkins, 39, after repeatedly ignoring verbal orders to drop the knife and an attempt to use a Taser to deactivate Veyon a failed, according to police.

At around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to an apartment in the 2400 block of Kimberly Parkway East in The Flats at Kimberly in what was initially considered an unknown complaint. As officers attended the scene, dispatchers determined that there had been a disturbance or a family dispute.

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According to a recording of a 911 call broadcast Thursday to The Dispatch, the caller who dialed the emergency number did not speak to dispatchers. The call, often referred to as an “open line,” was open for about two minutes before being disconnected. During the call, a woman can be heard saying “stop” several times and “stop, that’s not funny”.

Dispatchers were able to track down the phone number and dispatch officers to the area based on a previous domestic violence incident that occurred there in August, according to Franklin County City Court records.

Body camera footage shows police response, shooting

Three agents intervened on the scene. Body camera footage shows a woman approaching the police and saying, “He’s in there. He tried to kill me with a knife.

“We’re not supposed to be together, honestly,” the woman said. “It has happened before.”

Within seconds, Veyon is out, clutching what appears to be a switchblade knife, making sharp movements to his throat. An officer tells Veyon to “stay there”, according to body camera footage.

However, Veyon begins to try to run towards the woman, with whom he had a relationship. The officers continued for a short distance, about 10 paces.

An officer pulls out a Taser and attempts to unload it as Veyon walks up to Officer Hawkins, again making sharp movements near his neck with the knife and shouting, “Kill me!”

The second officer seems to be checking the Taser and he is misfiring in the street. Hawkins then fires his gun three times, shows the video.

Veyon falls to the ground, squeezing his neck and screaming. Officers begin administering aid as they call for a doctor.

Hawkins is heard on the video cursing almost immediately after the shot, and another officer tells him he “did what he had to do.”

Veyon was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he later died.

Later in the video, the woman said Veyon had hit her before, but never acted like he did that morning with the knife.

Hawkins, an 11-year veteran of the division, is on paid leave pending the ongoing investigation into the shooting, which is being handled by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations as part of city policy.

Second recent fatal shooting by a Columbus policeman of a person with a knife

The incident is the second fatal shooting by a Columbus police officer of a person wielding a knife this year.

On April 20, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon as body camera video appeared to show her rushing the knife at a young woman.

Police responded to a foster home on Legion Lane on the southeast side where Bryant and his sister lived after a 911 call in which a person with a knife allegedly attempted to stab someone.

Learn more about Bryant’s filming from the cover of Dispatch:

As soon as Reardon, the first officer at the scene, got out of his car and walked towards a group of people outside in the driveway, Bryant charged with a knife a woman who had been pushed or is fell backwards at the officer’s foot. Seconds after that, Bryant is seen on video holding the knife and preparing to swing it at a young woman holding a dog and pinned to the side of a car.

Reardon ordered everyone to “come down” and then fired several shots at Bryant, fatally injuring her.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigated this incident and delivered its report to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office for review.

BCI is also investigating Wednesday’s fatal shooting against Veyon, as well as city policy in the event that a Columbus police officer or other law enforcement officer unload a gun or shoot someone in the area. city.

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