Police: Columbus officers were targeted by gunfire overnight

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police officers were targeted by gunfire early Thursday morning, according to police.

Police say they were investigating a report of a firearm discharged into an apartment in the area of 1175 Windsor Avenue. Officers found two apartments along with multiple vehicles struck by gunfire.

Officers secured the scene and called for assault squad detectives.

While officers were waiting for detectives, police say someone opened fire on the officers using a ‘high caliber firearm.’

One officer described the shots as rifle fire over the radio.

Shots came from 12th and Gerald, little bit west of rifle fire.

Immediately after, another officer continued:

Nobody coming in here comes in here alone. Stage out on Cleveland Avenue somewhere out there, do not come in alone.

As a precaution, the SWAT team and police helicopter were called in to assist with the search of the area according to police. Officers have not released a suspect description at this time and no injuries have been reported.

“There’s very different distinct sound when you hear gunfire, and when you know you’re being shot at,” said Columbus police spokesperson Sgt. Rich Weiner. “Gunfire, you hear the pops, the loud booms bangs, whatever it is. When you know you’ve been shot at it’s like a soft whistle. It’s the bullet cutting through the air. Very distinct sound. The officers felt their lives were in jeopardy.”

Columbus SWAT teams and a helicopter were then called to help extract the officers.

After the shooting stopped and the officers were safe, Weiner said a bullet and multiple shell casings were recovered by detectives.

No injuries were reported, and police have not released a description of any possible suspects.

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