Sheriff’s office identifies officer who shot and killed teen in juvenile court

Deputy Richard Scarborough (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy who shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a court hearing Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff’s office, 16-year-old Joseph Haynes was shot and killed by Deputy Richard Scarborough.

Deputy Scarborough as assigned to security on the 5th floor of the Franklin County Juvenile Court Wednesday when he responded to a disturbance in courtroom 56, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Investigators said Haynes and his mother became ‘very agitated and disruptive’ in the courtroom.

While they were being escorted from the courtroom, investigators said there was a fight involving Scarborough, Haynes and Haynes’ mother. During the fight, Scarborough was knocked to the ground and came under attack, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Scarborough fired one shot, striking Haynes in the left side of the torso.

Soon after the deputy radioed for help.

“Code 10, fifth floor, courtroom 56,” said Deputy Scarborough. “Male white, shot in the abdomen.”

Deputy Scarborough said exactly what happened and tells someone.

On the radio traffic there even seemed to be some confusion about what happened.

One person of the radio asked, “Do you know what’s wrong?” Someone else responded someone had a “seizure.”

Deputy Scarborough quickly corrected them and repeated what he said before.

“Negative he was shot. I repeat he was shot in the abdomen please send the squad now.”

Haynes was taken to Grant Medical Center and pronounced dead at 1:14pm.

The Sheriff’s office says the investigation is ongoing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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