Man killed by University of Akron police officer on Wolf Ledges Parkway had BB gun

Officer thought gun looked real, on paid leave

AKRON, Ohio - A 64-year-old Akron man was shot and killed after he reportedly pulled a BB gun on a University of Akron police officer.

Reporter Bob Jones confirmed a University of Akron police fired several shots at James Genda during a traffic stop in the 600 block of Wolf Ledges Pkwy. minutes after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards said the UA officer stopped the car because the license plate didn't belong to that vehicle. Genda pulled into the BMV parking lot. The officer asked to see the man's license and registration and then went back to his cruiser. When the officer returned to the car, the driver showed a gun, police said.

"When you perceive a threat, you've got to take immediate action," Edwards said.

Police recovered the driver's gun and later determined it was BB pistol. The University of Akron Police Chief, Paul Callahan, said the gun looked like a .45-caliber handgun.

Per University of Akron Police Department policy, the officer will be placed on paid administrative leave. He has been with UAPD for more than a decade and his name has not been released.

The Northeast Ohio Dealer's Association, which operates the BMV office, turned over surveillance video to police that captured the shooting.

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