Deputies searching for suspect who pointed gun at Columbus police officer

MT. GILEAD, OH (WCMH)– The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged road rage incident where an off-duty Columbus police officer had a gun pointed at him.

According to the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, an off-duty Columbus Division of Police officer was driving a personal vehicle, towing a trailer with wood on it, south bound on County Road 24, when a red pickup truck began to tailgate him.

The officer allowed the vehicle to pass him but a short time later he noticed the vehicle pull out in front of him from a side road and stopped.

Deputies said as the officer approached the driver of the vehicle got out and pointed a gun at the officer.

The officer put his vehicle in reverse and backed away from the individual, however when his trailer began to jackknife, the suspect began to approach the vehicle.

According to deputies, the officer, fearing for his life, put his vehicle in drive and drove towards the man, striking the suspect’s truck in the driver’s side door as he was getting back into his vehicle.

The suspect then ran away, limping from the scene, into the woods. No shots were fired and the Columbus police officer was not injured.

According to deputies, the suspect is described as being 6 feet 1 inch tall, 175 to 180 pounds with shoulder length black hair. He was wearing a gray shirt with black stripes and camo pants. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded and deputies ask anyone with information to call the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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