A grand jury decided not to criminally charge two officers in a shooting death at Port Columbus International Airport from January.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien provided the following statement regarding the shooting death of Hashim Abdul-Rasheed where Columbus Regional Airport Authority Officers Hussein Hartman and Ryan Ward discharged their handguns. On Friday, the Franklin County Grand Jury reviewed Abdul-Rasheed’s death. The grand jury has concluded their business for this day and an indictment has not been filed with the Clerk of Courts office regarding this incident.
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On Jan. 7, officers were alerted to a suspicious vehicle on the north pad parking area. At the same time, a suspicious male (Abdul-Rasheed) approached the Southwest Airlines ticket counter to purchase an airline ticket using an identification card belonging to a female. He asked about getting a ticket to Florida and then Cleveland, ultimately asking where he could fly for $100.00.
He walked away without purchasing a ticket and headed to the suspicious vehicle where he was approached by Officer Hartman. After a brief conversation, Abdul-Rasheed charged at Officer Hartman with a knife in hand and tried to attack him. Officer Hartman backed away and shouted commands but Abdul-Rasheed charged him, landing on top of the officer on the hood of a vehicle.
Officer Hartman was able to fire three rounds which had no effect. Abdul-Rasheed continued to advance and close in on the officer. Officer Harper arrived and tried to strike him with a baton which had no effect. Officer Hartman backed away and tried to deploy his taser which did not discharge.
Finally, Detective Ryan Ward, who had seen the confrontation on his video monitor, arrived and fired his weapon three times, striking Abdul-Rasheed. A knife was recovered near Abdul-Rasheed’s hand and three additional knives were found in his waistband. The Columbus Fire Department Bomb Squad responded to investigate and clear the area in light of the items in Abdul-Rasheed’s vehicle. Abdul-Rasheed sustained fatal gunshot wounds to the chest.
NBC4 discovered that Rasheed had a history in Euclid, according to the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts, including charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary, and grand theft.
He had court-ordered psychiatric care dating back to 1999.
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