An Ohio police officer is on paid administrative leave after firing at a fleeing suspect who allegedly had a gun duct taped to his hand.
According to reports, 30-year-old Rontay Cottrell used his firearm to rob a convenience store. Unfortunately for Cottrell, several police officers were working nearby and heard the announcement on the radio. The officers began pursuing the suspect.
Assistant Chief of Police Robert Chabali later said that Cottrell allegedly pointed his gun at a plain-clothes officer, which prompted another officer to open fire. The shot missed its mark, and Cottrell was apprehended a short time later. He could face charges of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
“At this point in time we are conducting a standard followup investigation,” Chabali said.
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It is unclear why Dayton police put the officer on paid leave. If the suspect really did point his gun at another officer, then the unnamed policeman was probably justified in opening fire. The only apparent problem was that the officer missed his target, meaning that the bullet could have struck any of the houses in the nearby neighborhood. In any event, paid leave hardly constitutes a punishment and more closely resembles vacation.
It is also unclear why Cottrell had a gun duct taped to his hand. Presumably, he simply did not want to drop the firearm.
Police are currently sifting through surveillance footage with the hopes that a camera captured some or all of the incident.