Prosecutors asks outside agencies to recreate shooting scene




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor has asked two outside criminal investigation agencies to recreate the scene where two plainclothes officers fatally shot a man they say opened fire on them.

Columbus police say Henry Green, who was black, ignored commands to drop his gun during the June 6 shooting.

Green's family and a friend walking with him say police didn't identify themselves when they began yelling at Green.

Earlier this week, the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation created a 3-D scan of the scene where Green was shot, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

O'Brien says he also asked the state Ohio Organized Crime Investigating Commission to use the scan to recreate the scene in 3-D animation.

The decision was made after reviewing the case and consulting with Columbus police, who are investigating the shooting, O'Brien said.

The organized crime commission "has employees that enhance photographic or video evidence and in particular a forensic audio-video graphics expert that analyzes crime scene information and 3-D scans of crime scenes to recreate them," O'Brien said in a letter sent to attorneys representing Green's family.

The analysis is a welcome step that will help the investigation but shouldn't be confused with an independent inquiry, said Green family attorney Sean Walton.

"It doesn't change the fact that the crux of what will be presented to a grand jury is an investigation led for the past four or five months by the Columbus police department," he said.

The officers were members of Mayor Andrew Ginther's Community Safety Initiative, a $750,000 summer program meant to reduce violence, take illegal guns of the streets and build trust between residents and police.

Police critics want changes to the program, while the police department says statistics show it makes Columbus safer.

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