An Ohio deputy shot and killed a 16-year-old boy inside an Ohio courthouse early Wednesday afternoon.
Joseph Haynes was in a juvenile courtroom for a hearing related to menacing with a firearm and a court-ordered monitoring device, according to our affiliate ABC 6 in Columbus.
As the hearing came to an end, the deputy and Haynes’ mother got into a argument.
His grandmother, Geraldine Haynes, was also in the courtroom and told reporters that the altercation started when the deputy and the teen's mother got into a argument.
“Joey's hands were up in the air like that and the cop with his hand down by his side and the gun went off," his grandmother told reporters in an emotional interview on Wednesday. "He pulled the trigger on my grandson."
She says that while the family was leaving toward, the mother was ordered out of the courtroom and the deputy didn't give the mother enough time to gather her belongings.
“My son grabbed him by his shoulders and said get off my mom you're not gonna put your hands on my mom,” his mother, Karen Haynes told ABC 6. “The cop grabbed him flipped him over was on top of him with his gun it was so close that it was like a muffled pillow shot.And my sons arms were already so why did you have to shoot him?”
Haynes was shot in the abdomen at some point during the altercation. He died 30 minutes later at a nearby hospital. The sheriff's office did not specify if the officer fired his gun intentionally or if it was an accidental.
Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady told the Columbus Dispatch that, “Anytime there’s a deputy-involved shooting where we’ve got the public involved, obviously it’s a terrible incident. Our hearts go out to the deputy, the family and anyone involved.”
During a press conference on Thursday, the Vice President of the Police Union, Keith Ferrell, told reporters that the officer did nothing wrong. Claiming the deputy feared for his life after he was allegedly attacked by Haynes and his family.
"The deputy did exactly what he's there to do -- protect every person in that courthouse, including himself, and that's exactly what he did," said Police Union Vice President, Keith Ferrell.
Ferrell blasted the teen and his family for the shooting saying they assaulted the officer and left him no choice. "It was very clear to me, and in my experiences, that he was attacked and this was a fight for his life at some point," he said.
Ferrell is not involved in the investigation and stated that he’s received the majority of his information from media reports.
“Let me clear, somewhere along the line in portions of our society have decided it’s OK to assault the police," Ferrell added. "This is not acceptable. We will not tolerate it. And it’s not going to happen."
On Thursday, Franklin County Sheriff's Office Detective Steven Tucker told reporters the department wasn’t going to release any additional details including the name of the deputy involved because the department had been receiving death threats for the officer.
The investigation is ongoing.