Koby Francis Biography, Koby Francis Wiki
Koby Lee Francis, 22, is the Pennsylvania man accused of shooting a police officer while under arrest on December 20. The shooting happened outside of the McKeesport Police station and a surveillance camera recorded the incident, according to the Allegheny County Police Department. The officer was shot three times but was expected to recover as his injuries were not life-threatening.
The man identified as Francis can be seen fleeing as the officer responds to the fire. Francis was still in handcuffs as he fled.
As of this writing, Francis was still on the run. The police described Francis as “armed and dangerous” and asked anyone who saw him to call 911 immediately.
Francis was arrested just an hour after he was given “Protection from Abuse”. Francis McKeesport entered the Police Station at 2:55 pm, according to the Allegheny County Police. He received the order on December 20th and left immediately again. The Pennsylvania Victim Services Office describes such orders on its website:
The Protection from Abuse (PFA) Order is a court order issued by a judge that can provide protective “relief” for up to three years from someone who abused you. An individual aged 18 or over or adolescents and children accompanied by a parent, adult household member or guardian can go to court and request a PFA. A PFA can make it illegal for the abuser to contact you or your children.
Citing a law enforcement source, WPXI-TV reported that the order included Francis’ 4-month-old baby “and another person”. According to the exit, Francis went to a house in Harrison Village after leaving the police station and tried to enter through the door. “Francis was trying to get her baby from a babysitting relative,” CBS Pittsburgh said, according to the criminal complaint. The police responded to Harrison Village, but Francis had left when the officers arrived.
The police soon received another phone call regarding Francis’ whereabouts. WTAE-TV reported that the person who requested the protection called the police after seeing Francis in the parking lot at Yester Square in McKeesport. According to a press release by the Allegheny County Police, police found Francis “sitting in a vehicle outside of his residence, this was against the PFA decision”.
When the police arrested him outside the house in Yester Square, Francis had a firearm in the vehicle next to him. According to a report, the officers seized this weapon.
Allegheny County Police said Francis had not left quietly. The department described Francis as a “brawler” at the time of the arrest and even “kicked the car window” on the way to McKeesport Police station. WPXI-TV reported that an officer was staying at the scene and a second officer, later identified as Gerasimos Athans, took Francis to the station.
The security camera at the police station captured some of what happened next. The video is embedded above and can be viewed here as well. The Horsemen got out of the vehicle and walked to the other side to get Francis out. Immediately after opening the door, Athans retreats with his head tilted to one side and appears to be in pain as he walks towards the front of the vehicle. Francis jumps out of the vehicle and points a gun at Athans. When Francis returned to escape, the Athaeans responded to the fire.
“Francis was handcuffed behind his arms” when he was detained, according to the Allegheny County Police. However, when they arrived at the McKeesport Police Station, the handcuffs were in front of his body.
During a press conference on the case, Allegheny County Police Chief Coleman McDonough was asked how and why Francis still had access to a weapon after he was put in the police vehicle. According to WTAE-TV, McDonough confirmed that Francis was being searched for the weapon, but “as for the search mechanism, this is an issue to be addressed by the McKeesport police administration. Whether it complies with McKeesport’s policy is part of their internal investigation after the incident. This is not our priority here. Our priority is to bring Mr. Francis to justice. ”
CBS Pittsburgh reports that investigators found a “silver 32-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol” in an alley near the police station.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that 32-year-old Athans was shot twice in the neck and once in the left shoulder. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and was expected to be released within days. Allegheny County Police said Athans’ injuries were not life-threatening. Athans has been working with McKeesport Police for four years.
For Francis, the manhunt is a multi-departmental effort. In addition to McKeesport and Allegheny County Police, the following departments assist with the investigation: the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, the State Attorney General’s Office, the Pittsburgh Police Bureau and federal agencies, the U.S. Marshal Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The police said Francis faced the following charges:
Criminal attempted murder
Flight to avoid anxiety
Violation of the Single Type Firearms Act
Francis was on probation when he was served the Protection from Abuse order. According to a search of Allegheny County court records, Francis was arrested in December 2018 and faced at least 16 charges,. The majority of the counts were for “Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver.” Bail was set at $5,000. The record suggests Francis may have posted it but the bond was revoked on January 7, 2019.
On June 5, 2019, Francis agreed to plead guilty to at least three of the drug charges in exchange for a reduced sentence. The rest of the charges were withdrawn. According to the court docket, Francis faced a jail sentence between six months and one year. But he received credit for time served and was placed on probation for two years. The record shows the judge further ordered that Francis “Obey all laws. Do not operate a motor vehicle without a license. Refrain from the use of unprescribed medications.”
Francis pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a 2017 case and received a three-year probation sentence. Allegheny County court records show Francis was arrested on October 24, 2017, by the Mckeesport Police. He faced the following charges:
- Conspiracy – theft by unlawful taking of movable property
- Receiving stolen property
- Possession of a prohibited firearm
- Firearms not to be carried without a license
- Conspiracy – robbery- inflict or threaten bodily injury
The court docket shows Francis pleaded guilty to the first charge, which was a misdemeanor. The other charges were withdrawn due to the plea agreement.