One man is dead following a police shooting near The University of Akron campus and it involved a UA cop.
According to a statement from the university, a UAPD officer pulled over a vehicle near Wolf Ledges Parkway and Thornton Street around 11:00 A.M., but spotted the driver pulling a gun as he approached the vehicle. The officer fired his weapon, killing the driver.
Investigators later determined that the gun, which looked like a real .45 caliber handgun, turned out to be a BB gun.
The deceased driver is identified as 64-year old James Genda of Baird Street in Akron. The Summit County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Friday.
Police from UA and the city of Akron as well as the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office are all involved in the investigation.
University of Akron Police Chief Paul Callahan tells AkronNewsNow that the UA officer pulled the car over for a traffic stop because the vehicle's registration wasn't a martch to the license plate number.
" When he asked the suspect to step out of the car, allegedly the victim pointed a gun at the officer, so the officer fired on the suspect," said Callahan.
Callahan says the officer, who has more than a decade of experience on the University's police department is on leave while the investigation proceeds. " We put the officer on administrative leave with pay immediately. He obviously is pretty shook up. This is not something that officers have to deal with every day either. So we're going to give him some time to settle down , calrm down, and we'll continue with our investigation from this end of it."
Paul Callahan says the officer had to make an instant life or death decision.