Columbus Police officer cleared of March 2015 fatal shooting

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– The Police-Involved Death review board concluded that Officer Matthew Carrol acted within his rights to shoot and kill a man who allegedly assaulted him.

According to Columbus Police, at about 5:58pm Carroll was dispatched to a home in the 4000 block of Summit Street to take a report on threats made against a family member at the residence.

Police said Carroll was then attacked Jason L. Smith, the man who made the threats and during the struggle Smith attempted to retrieve a gun he had brought with him.

Carroll fired his gun, killing Smith.

After investigating the incident, the review board determined Carroll was within the Columbus Division of Police use of firearms policy. 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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