A police officer responding to a shooting has accidentally run over the victim, who later died in hospital.
Eric Cole, 42, of Springfield in the US state of Ohio, was shot on Sunday night.
Police Chief Lee Graf said there was some initial confusion about where the shooting occurred before the address was confirmed, and officer Amanda Rosales — the first one on the scene — was trying to read addresses on the houses when she hit Mr Cole who was lying in the street.
Mr Cole was flown to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later. It’s not yet known if his death was caused by the shooting, the accident or both, authorities said.
Officer Rosales stopped immediately and began rendering aid to Mr Cole, Chief Graf said. Officer Rosales, who has been with the department for more than a year, was placed on administrative leave while the matter is investigated, which authorities say is standard policy in such cases.
Dying man made call to emergency services
WKEF obtained audio of a call Mr Cole made to emergency services telling them he’s dying from his wounds.
He tells them he’s in the middle of the street before he’s hit.
"They just hit me,” he says before he’s asked by the operator who he’s referring to.
“The police,” he says.
The shooting of Mr Cole apparently stemmed from a dispute involving several people, authorities said, though it’s not clear what caused it or how many shooters may have been involved.
The matter remains under investigation and no arrests have been made.
Mr Cole's sister Lekesha Bradford told WKEF she was shocked to learn her brother was run over by police and thought it was the shooters who had hit him.
“He was a great brother. I’m going to miss him," she said.
with The Associated Press
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