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Video: Ohio cop kills man who pulled pistol during stop

Newly released dash cam captured the deadly 2013 shooting of a suspect who pulled a handgun on an officer after being stopped


By PoliceOne Staff

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Newly released dash cam captured the deadly 2013 shooting of a suspect who pulled a handgun on an officer after being stopped.

According to the Westerville News & Public Opinion, Officer David Leighty stopped 59-year-old John W. Montgomery for an equipment violation in November 2013 when the shooting occurred.

After initially failing to stop, Montgomery pulled over and armed himself with a handgun, which Leighty spotted as he approached the vehicle.

After ordering the suspect to drop the weapon several times, Leighty fired multiple shots and struck Montgomery, who had a prior felony for voluntary manslaughter.

Montgomery was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. A female passenger in the car was uninjured.

"People like to qualify situations as a routine traffic stop or a routine alarm, but there are no routine calls of any kind," Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer told the News & Public Opinion at the time of the shooting. "The officer was fighting to protect his life at that time.”

The incident was reportedly the first time in the 98-year history of the department that an officer fired shots during a call. 

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