The former Ohio police officer indicted in the fatal shooting of Andre Hill was released from jail Tuesday after posting bail that was lowered to $1 million.
Ex-Columbus police officer Adam Coy walked out of the Franklin County jail where he was being held on charges in the murder of 47-year-old Hill, a black unarmed man that he’s accused of gunning down on Dec. 22.
His release came hours after a judge lowered his bond from $3 million to $1 million because his lawyers argued the excessive amount was unconstitutional, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Outside, a small group of protesters chanted, “convict that killer cop,” as Coy was being escorted into a waiting SUV, according to the outlet.
Michael Wright, a Hill family attorney, told the Dispatch they were disappointed Coy’s bond was lowered but understood the judge’s decision.
Coy — who is white — was charged with murder after opening fire on Hill when responding to a call that a person in a car had been turning the engine on and off.
Hill, who was inside a garage, approached Coy and other officers while holding a cell phone in his left hand.
Coy then fired at Hill thinking he had a gun, but no weapon was recovered from the scene, authorities said.
The 19-year veteran was fired from the department on Dec. 28 for failing to activate his body camera during the incident and for not providing Hill with medical attention.