Deputy Fatally Shoots Unarmed 16-Year-Old in Ohio Courtroom

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy at his court appearance Wednesday during an altercation involving the teen and family members.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Joseph Edward Haynes, 16, was struck by a single shot in a courtroom at a Franklin County courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, said Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rick Minerd.

Court records show Haynes was in court on two delinquency cases, both involving guns, but he had no weapon when the deputy shot him dead.

“At some point, as the hearing was concluding, there was an altercation involving the deputy and some of the family members,” said Minerd, who oversees investigations. “And what we have learned was the deputy was knocked to the ground as part of that altercation where he came under attack … one shot was fired.”

After being shot, the teen was taken to a hospital where he died, Minerd said. The deputy was not identified.

“Joseph was a little out of sorts because of how things went at the hearing,” Brisco told The Dispatch. “The officer threatened to lock him up and a scuffle broke out. Joseph was resisting, and that’s when there was a scuffle.”

Geraldine Haynes, Haynes’ grandmother, said she was only a few feet away when the struggle broke out,“They could have Tased him. He didn’t have to shoot him,” she said.

Geraldine Haynes said her grandson became upset when the deputy put his hands on Haynes’ mother. Karen Haynes, 41, was pushed up against a wall, Geraldine said, which prompted Joseph to shout at the deputy to “leave his mom alone, leave his mom alone.”

Joseph Haynes grabbed the deputy’s shoulder, Geraldine Haynes said. The deputy “let go of Karen and slung Joey on the ground,” she said.

At that point, she said, Joseph Haynes didn’t move and his hands were above his head.

“All of a sudden he pulled his gun and shot him,” Geraldine Haynes said of the deputy. “You could smell the gunpowder.”

“On behalf of Sheriff [Dallas] Baldwin and our office, we want to extend out condolences to the Haynes family and wish the officer who was involved a speedy recovery,” Minerd said.

The deputy’s injuries are not life-threatening, but little detail was given regarding the extent of his injuries.

The investigation into the shooting is reportedly ongoing, but as almost all cases of officers killing unarmed kids, there will likely be no charges or punishment for the killer.