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Former Columbus officer who killed Donovan Lewis is indicted by grand jury

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30-year veteran Ricky Anderson was part of a team serving multiple warrants for domestic violence and assault on Donovan Lewis at an apartment on Sullivant Avenue August 30, 2022.

Body camera footage show Anderson entering a bedroom door, and beginning to shoot almost immediately. The 20-year old Lewis was struggling to sit up on a bed, and appears to be holding something in his hand later found to be a vape pen. The coroner ruled Lewis died within moments of being struck.

Anderson was place on administrative leave immediately after the shooting, and left the district in bad standing in March of this year. The grand jury was called after the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation concluded its work.

Anderson was indicted Thursday on charges of murder and reckless homicide, and an arrest warrant has been issued. He could face a 15 year-to-life sentence, with a three-year gun specification.

Lewis family attorney Rex Elliot says the family is relieved the indictment has been handed down at last.

"Unfortunately the length of time that it has taken to indict a police officer here - it causes us all to distrust the process. It really causes there to be a lot of questions about the process and whether it's fair and whether it works."

Lewis say a civil lawsuit against Anderson and the other four officers involved in serving the warrant is proceeding. And he says there may be a lawsuit against the city in the future.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.