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Genda's family says it makes no sense that he would have pulled a BB gun on an officer
University and Akron police departments continue investigating Thursday's shooting

Kabir Bhatia
Paul Genda says it makes no sense that his uncle would have pulled BB gun during a traffic stop.
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The family of the man shot and killed by a University of Akron police officer during a traffic stop yesterday says he had suffered from health problems over the years, but was getting on his feet again recently.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports they also can't understand what led to the shooting.


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Paul Genda lives in a battered frame house on Akron’s south side, across from the closed Goodrich Middle School. Upstairs lived his uncle, “Cavalier Jim,” a nickname he got because of his preference for working on Chevy Cavaliers.

Jim Genda was shot and killed during a traffic stop Thursday morning that started with an improper registration. The 64-year-old had produced a BB gun, which the University of Akron says the officer thought was a .45 caliber pistol. Paul Genda says he appreciates that police have to be ready for any situation, but he questions the need for the 10 shots allegedly fired at his uncle.

“He wasn’t an aggressive person. Maybe in his younger days, sure, when he was full of piss and vinegar.  But 64 years old?  He can barely move. He has a pacemaker and he’s had multiple surgeries. It’s just amazing to me that this has even happened.”

Jim Genda was recovering from a recent surgery according to his daughter, Michelle Harbaugh, who lives in Erie, Pa.

“He was having a hard time going up and down the stairs, and he said he was doing much better. He was keeping his house straightened up.  He was eating better. And he was just so proud of himself.”

Harbaugh says her father had racked up dozens of traffic violations over the years. At the time of the shooting, she says he was on the phone with his sister -- one of nine siblings -- saying he did not want to go back to jail. He had reportedly given the officer a fake ID.

The case remains under investigation by university and Akron city police, and the university has refused to give out the officer’s name until the investigation is complete.

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It makes me sick to hear about Cavalier Jim, my husband

Posted by: Maria Maglione (Hartville) on May 21, 2013 10:05AM
The University of Akron police ars punks. They have beenharassing people for years. They handcuffed me and had me lie down in the street foranhour, stating"we have alotofbreak-ins in this area".
Nobody hadcalled the police,and there was no reason to suspect that I had done anything.
Six police cars responded to this bogus stop.

Posted by: erik (akron) on May 20, 2013 6:05AM
Ten shots, traffic stop why

Posted by: Anonymous on May 18, 2013 8:05AM
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