A University of Akron police officer recently shot and killed James Genda, 64, because he allegedly pulled out a BB gun pistol that looked similar to .45 caliber handgun (video below).
According to WKYC-TV, the university police officer pulled Genda over for a routine traffic stop near a DMV on May 16 in Arkron, Ohio.
When the unidentified university police officer asked Genda for his driver’s license and registration, the officer claimed that it appeared Genda pulled out a handgun, which turned out to be a BB gun.
Chief of University of Akron Police Paul Callahan told FOX 8 News: “Officers aren’t in a position to ask, is that a real gun you are pointing at me? You know; they’ve got to respond when those things happen and anybody in that situation would have done the same thing.”
A University of Akron spokeswoman said the police officer will not be identified, but will be placed on administrative leave. The incident is still under investigation.