University of Akron Police have wrapped up their investigation into the shooting death of an Akron man by officer Aaron Burnette during a traffic stop on Wolf Ledges Parkway May 17th. Burnette shot and killed 64-year old James Genda when according to the officer Genda picked up a gun as Burnette walked back to the car after checking the driver's license and registration. The gun, which looked like a real .45 caliber pistol, turned out to be a BB gun.
The paperwork from that investigation has now been turned over to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ann Kovach tells AkronNewsNow what happens next " We review that paperwork and determine whether or not it's the type of case that should go to the Grand Jury"
Kovach says the prosecutor must determine if the shooting is a crime that qualifies to go to the grand jury or is ruled justifiable, meaning no evidence would be presented to the grand jury.
" A case goes to the Grand Jury when a prosecutor believes there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed. And a police shooting is not really any different than any other case," says Kovach.
The other possibility is that the shooting could be filed as a misdemeanor, sending it back to the city prosecutor.