Columbus police ID officer who shot teen
Jason Fisher killed unarmed man eight years ago.
Wounding COLUMBUS — a teen in South Linden on Monday marked a Columbus police officer’s second career shooting, records show.
Officer Jason Fischer, who works in Zone 4, which includes Linden and North Side, shot 16-year-old Dezjuan McCoy inside a residence in the 2100 block of Gerbert Avenue, Columbus police confirmed Tuesday.
Fischer, 41, was one of the responding officers on a call of a man with a gun that went out at 12:28 p.m. Monday.
The man with whom McCoy was arguing called 911 while he was out of breath and told dispatchers, “(McCoy) pulled the gun out and I started running.”
He described McCoy as a friend, but went on to say, “I have a beef with him.” A second call to dispatchers was placed by a woman at the residence who reported a break-in by someone who was armed. She pleaded for officers to quickly respond.
Officers heard an argument and a shot from inside the home, according to police. When they entered, McCoy had a gun in his hand. Fischer fired his gun, striking McCoy at least once, officials said. McCoy was given first aid by the officer until medics arrived and took the youth to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. He is expected to survive.
McCoy has been listed as an endangered runaway on the attorney general’s missing persons website since Aug. 22. The listing states, “If located, approach with caution.”
Fischer, who has been a police officer for the city since 2000, shot and killed an unarmed man eight years ago, archives show.
James L. Harris, 29, was shot and killed in March 2009 when he appeared to reach for a gun while he was behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck. Harris was a suspect in a shooting that happened just 10 minutes earlier on the North Side.