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Officer shoots, kills unarmed Black man in Ohio

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Sep 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-01 11:43:29-04

Police in Columbus, Ohio, released body camera video that shows an officer shooting an unarmed Black man inside an apartment.

Donovan Lewis, 20, died early Tuesday morning.

Police were serving a warrant for domestic violence, improper handling of a firearm and assault around 2 a.m., and had reportedly told everyone to come out of the apartment.

Once inside the apartment, a police dog could be heard barking. The officer threatens to send the dog into a bedroom before opening the door. However, immediately after opening the door, the officer shoots Lewis.

During a press conference, Chief Elaine Bryant reportedly said the officer fired when Lewis appeared to raise his hand while holding something.

“There was, like, a vape pen that was found on the bed right next to him,” Bryant said, according to WCMH-TV.

The fatal incident is being looked into by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.