COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A Columbus police officer shot during a standoff remains in critical condition as of Sunday night.
According to Columbus police, family and officers are by the side of the injured officer. As of 9:35pm, he remained at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.
“We need everyone to pray for him and his family,” said Jacobs of the officer who has been on the force for many years. The officer was identified Monday morning as 27-year CPD veteran Steven Smith, 54.
Officers were serving an arrest warrant around 11:30pm Saturday on California Avenue when the suspect, 44-year-old Lincoln Rutledge refused to come out, according to police.
During the hours-long standoff, police say Rutledge shot an officer who was inside a SWAT vehicle.
Rutledge was originally wanted on a felony arson warrant for a fire that was set on Saturday on Fairlawn Drive.
At some point during the standoff, the apartment building where the standoff was happening caught fire. Rutledge remained inside as the building became completely consumed in flames.
Video from Chopper 4 shows flames shooting from the roof as a single ladder truck tries to spray water on the blaze.
Finally, around 7:30am, Rutledge was taken into custody and taken to an area hospital.
Rutledge is now charged with felonious assault in addition to the original charge of aggravated arson. He remains hospitalized and will be booked into the Franklin County jail upon his release.
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