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Victim in UofA police officer deadly shooting brandished a BB gun at cop

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The 64 year-old male who was shot by police following a traffic stop in the 600 block of Wolf Ledges Parkway in Akron has been identified as James Genda.

The Baird Street resident was shot by a University of Akron police officer Thursday morning.

It happened during a traffic stop around 11 a.m. 

Police pulled him over because the plates did not match the car.

Terry Metcalf unwittingly drove by the stop just as the fatal drama began to unfold.

"It was a normal traffic stop. The police officer got out of the car as I was pulling out. When I came back I was surprised to see the whole area shut down," said Terry.

When the officer approached the vehicle and asked for license and registration Genda produced what looked like a real .45 caliber handgun.

The officer fired, hitting Genda several times. He died at the scene. 

"I know that he was a good person. And I'm sure he was just in a horrible place and moment. And I don't know what he could have been thinking. I don't know," said Lisa Genda.

Lisa Genda is still trying to figure out why her uncle, James Genda, is dead.

"I think it was unnecessary. I think they could have found some other means to take care of the situation. He's a 64-year-old man. I mean you could look at him and tell he's not healthy. He's not a threat if you will," added Lisa.

Further investigation revealed Genda brandished only a BB gun.

An autopsy on Genda will be performed on Friday. 

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