Family of man shot by police: “He’s literally fighting for his life right now”

Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, shot in police involved shooting in Franklinton (photo provided by family)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the first time we’re hearing from family members of the man shot by Columbus police Friday afternoon. They say 30 year old Kareem Ali Nadir Jones is on life-support after being shot four times in the back, face and arm.

Columbus Police said Jones was shot by two officers after a confrontation in the Franklinton area around 5:45 Friday afternoon.

Police said the officers were patrolling the area when they saw Jones walking between cars with erratic behavior. Police said a brief conversation turned into a confrontation and they felt threatened after Jones refused repeated commands to get on the ground. That’s when both officers fired shots. Police said witnesses said Jones did not follow the officers’ commands.  Police said a gun was found at the scene.

NBC4 spoke with Jones’ mom and sister Saturday afternoon outside of Mount Carmel West hospital where Jones is on life-support. They said while they have the utmost respect for police, they believe officers used unnecessary force. And, said that witnesses told them they heard Jones pleading for his life before he was shot.

They said they can’t imagine what could have happened to warrant being shot four times.

“I just know that I have pain… that can’t be described. I have pain. It’s like I’m in a trance. And, he’s fighting for his life,” said Jones’ mother, Marcy Bailey.

“He has four children, he has a family that loves him and I just want prayers to go up for him because he is literally fighting for his life right now,” said Jones’ sister Marica Phipps.

Columbus Police said the officers involved were wearing body cameras. NBC4 has filed formal requests for that video.

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