Man dead after gunfire exchange with Groveport officer

COLUMBUS (WCMH) –The investigation is ongoing after a police-involved shooting that left a man dead, and a woman critically injured.

According to Groveport police, an officer approached a vehicle where there was an apparent domestic dispute between a man and a woman.

Gunshots were exchanged between the officer and a man inside the car, according to police.

Investigators say several shots were fired in all, and it’s unclear how many shots hit from the officer and the other gun.

Neighbors in this quiet area didn’t know what was happening so early.

“I thought it was my neighbor was pounding on something, Robert Sears said. “I understand it was gunfire, then around 4 a.m. I heard the helicopter.”

After the rounds of gunfire, a man left the car, according to investigators, and headed for a cornfield. Sgt. Brian Thompson of Groveport Police said it would have been dangerous for the officer to run in alone.

“Once he exited the vehicle and went to cornfield, for our officer to go into there would not have been good, so let the chopper and K9 do the search,” Thompson said.

Later the suspect was found dead in the cornfield.

It’s still unclear exactly how he died, but a full investigation is underway.

That includes the work of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Names of the woman and man have not been released.

Groveport Police say the officer involved is a veteran officer.

He has been placed, as is customary, on administrative leave for a few days while this investigation moves forward.

 

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