Adam Carl Coy is a white man from Ohio, United States. While working as an officer in the Columbus Division of Police in Columbus, Ohio, he shot an unarmed African-American man named Andre’ Maurice Hill.
At 1:37 a.m. on December 22, 2020, Coy and another officer responded to a call made via the Columbus Division of Police’s non-emergency phone line. The caller, a middle-aged white man who lives on the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive in Columbus, told The Daily Beast that he complained about the noise from a Chevy SUV engine that the driver kept turning on and off for an extended period.
The driver was Hill, who was visiting an acquaintance who also lives on the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive. Coy did not activate his body camera at the time but a look back window feature on the camera captured how he fatally shot Hill after the latter walked toward him while his right hand was not visible and his left hand was holding a cell phone.
“Get your hand up from underneath you now,” Coy told Hill who was lying motionless on the ground and breathing heavily then asked another cop, “We got a medic coming?”
Coy failed to render aid to Hill after shooting him. The former told the latter, “Don’t move, dude.”
After killing Hill, Coy was relieved of his duties with the Columbus Division of Police. On December 23, 2020, 53rd Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther called for Coy’s immediate firing.
As a policeman, Coy worked in plainclothes on a regular basis. Here are 13 more things about him:
- Born in 1976, he has lived in different parts of Ohio including Columbus, Marysville and Richwood and different parts of Texas including Copperas Cove and Killeen.
- He owns a two-story house in Milford Center, Union County, Ohio. He is associated a day care business called Lil Tykes Learning Childcare, which is run at his home.
- He is a rifle operator and instructor.
- On September 30, 1994, registered to vote in Union County as a Republican.
- In 1995, he graduated from North Union High School. He attended Central Texas College from 1995 to 1997.
- The Richwood Gazette published his engagement to a woman on July 24, 1996. The Marysville Journal-Tribune published his engagement to another woman on June 26, 2002.
- He was based in Texas and served in the U.S. Army before the Columbus Division of Police hired him in July 2001. He was assigned to Zone 4 Evening Midwatch before he was relieved of duty on December 21, 2020 and fired on December 28, 2020.
- In 2003, he received written counseling for the nine complaints filed against him, four of which were in a one-month period.
- In 2012, he arrested a man for drunken driving one morning at 3 a.m. and banged the man’s head into the hood four times. His actions were deemed excessive for the situation so he was suspended for 160 hours and the city of Columbus had to pay a $45,000 settlement to the victim.
- His emergency medical services (EMS) license was issued in May 2014 and it expired in May 2016.
- In 2015, a review described him as a good police officer with no problem areas and a good resource for his colleagues.
- In 2018, he worked on a robbery case and received recognition for it.
- Booked into Franklin County Jail in Columbus, he was indicted by a grand jury in Franklin County for murder in the commission of a felony, felonious assault, and two counts of dereliction of duty for failing to turn on his body camera and failing to inform fellow officers that he felt Hill presented a danger. He was arrested on February 3, 2021.