Man shot in the back, killed by Columbus Police
One man died last night after being shot by police on the Near East Side.
The shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m., and the dead man's name wasn't being released early this morning. The shooting occurred in the area of Mount Vernon Avenue and N. 17th Street.
A call from a paramedic to Grant Medical Center that could be heard on Fire Division radios said the man was shot in the upper back or back of the neck. The paramedic said the man was unresponsive and had no vital signs.
He was pronounced dead at Grant a short time later.
Columbus police Sgt. Dana Norman confirmed late last night that the man was shot by police, but Norman wouldn't give further information.
Police Division spokeswoman Amanda Ford said the shooting involved four officers and a sergeant who were working as part of the summer safety initiative.
She said they saw a drug transaction in a car with four men inside and, when they attempted to get them out, all four fled.
Ford said that two men were caught immediately, one escaped and one was shot. She said three guns were recovered from the suspects.
Sgt. Jim Gilbert, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, said, “A suspect turned on one of our officers” with a gun.
Several witnesses said they saw the man shot in the back after getting out of a car that had an out-of-state plate.
The witnesses said he was in a car with the other men, parked at the Mount Vernon Plaza Town Homes. They said the men appeared to be smoking marijuana, and police came to the car and told them to step out.
Brian Harris, 18, said he at first heard arguing, then two shots.
“He said, ‘“Don't shoot! Don't shoot!' I saw him fall. He didn't fall, he flew.”
Other witnesses also said they heard two gunshots.
The other men in the car weren't injured.
Ford refused to give the name of the police officer involved or the name of the man who was shot.