Authorities identify deputy who shot teen in Ohio courthouse


COLUMBUS (AP) — Authorities on Friday identified the deputy who fatally shot a teenage boy during a scuffle outside an Ohio juvenile courtroom and said an investigation continues.

Deputy Richard Scarborough was escorting 16-year-old Joseph Haynes and his mother from the courtroom Wednesday about 12:40 p.m. when an “altercation” broke out among the three, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

“Deputy Scarborough was somehow knocked to the ground where he came under attack,” Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said in a statement. “One shot was fired by Deputy Scarborough striking Joseph Haynes in the left side of … his torso.”

The deputy was assigned to a security detail on the fifth floor of the county juvenile court.

Video released Friday didn’t capture the shooting but shows other deputies and then rescuers rushing to the scene, around the corner at the end of a hallway.

“Relax, relax,” a male voice is heard on a copy of radio communications also released Friday, appearing to be comforting the teen.

There is also a brief reference to a “malfunctioning elevator” on the radio call, but then a correction is made that the elevator is working. Other videos show Columbus firefighters responding within minutes and bringing the boy down on an elevator on a medical gurney.

Haynes died a few minutes later at a nearby downtown hospital. His grandmother has said the deputy should have used a stun gun. The local police union representing Scarborough says the deputy was fighting for his life.

The deputy was treated at a hospital for injuries to his face, the sheriff said.

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