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Deputy’s Fatal Shooting of Teen at Courthouse Ruled a Reasonable Use of Force

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Franklin County Grand Jury ruled a Deputy’s use of deadly force when he shot a 16-year-old at the Franklin County Courthouse was “reasonable under the law” and did not indict him.

Joseph Haynes was shot outside a courtroom during an altercation after a juvenile hearing on January 17th. Authorities say Deputy Richard Scarborough was called to the courtroom after Haynes and his mother became “very agitated and disruptive” at the end of Haynes’ hearing when he realized his ankle monitor wasn’t going to be removed.

Karen Haynes says as they were leaving the courtroom, she blocked the deputy with her arm and he pinned her to the wall. She says her son was coming to her defense when he grabbed the deputy by the shoulders. That’s when Haynes says Scarborough grabbed Joseph, flipping him on to the ground, and was on top of him when the shot was fired.

Haynes was shot in the torso and died from his wound after being rushed to the hospital.

The grand jury met from September 5th through September 7th and prosecutors say they examined a variety of evidence and heard from a variety of witnesses in the case before reaching their decision. They determined the use of deadly force was reasonable under the law, and declined to issue an indictment.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office handled the case after the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office recused themselves to avoid a conflict of interest.