Kettering Police officer Jonathon McCoy found himself in a dangerous position after a routine traffic stop turned deadly. McCoy noticed a firearm sticking out of the pants of the driver and immediately pulled his gun in response. ‘You Reach For That Gun, I’ll Blow Your Brains Out’, McCoy states.
Kettering Police released police footage of the Aug. 27 incident that claimed the life of Jason Hoops. According to the Kettering police chief, McCoy told Hoops six times to get his hands up, six times to put his hands on the dash, four times not to move, twice not to reach for the gun, twice not to do anything stupid and four times to relax.
Kettering police Chief Chip Protsman said during a Friday press conference that in the 69 seconds from when McCoy, 27, noticed a Ruger handgun’s grip sticking out of Hoops’ front-right pants pocket, the officer told Hoops many times to comply.
Protsman said McCoy told Hoops six times to get his hands up, six times to put his hands on the dash, four times not to move, twice not to reach for the gun, twice not to do anything stupid and four times to relax.
“We know there was a physical confrontation where the officer reached in and grabbed hold of Mr. Hoops’ right arm, trying to stop him from reaching down towards the gun,” Protsman said. “This continues for a little bit.
“We now know through the investigation that Mr. Hoops pulled his hand away from him and then reached down for the gun, and the officer stepped back, and that’s when the shots were fired.”
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McCoy told dispatchers, “Shots fired. Shots fired,” before again yelling, “Hands up!” and firing four more shots.
“Through the investigation, we now know that at that time, that Mr. Hoops was looking at him and his hands did drop down towards where the weapon was again and the officer fired again for the second time because he felt threatened.”
Hoops, 33, who rented an apartment in Dayton but also had lived in Fairborn, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
The female driver can be heard leading Hoops not to do anything stupid. Unfortunately, Hoops went against the sound advice and lost his life. Police can’t afford to take chances in today’s atmosphere. They are often forced into impossible decisions to stay safe. Fortunately, the officer was not hurt.