Suspected ‘Buckeye Bandit’ shot by Columbus police

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A man shot by Columbus police has been identified as the ‘Buckeye Bandit,’ suspected of robbing around 30 banks in the last three years.

Just after 10:06am, officers were dispatched to the Key Bank location located at 5775 Frantz Road. Officers spotted the suspected robber in a black SUV and chased after him to the 4600 block of Lakehurst Court. The suspect allegedly got out of the vehicle and raised a gun at the officers.

Police identified the man as 27-year-old Ikechi W. Emeaghara.

Emeaghara is charged with one federal count of armed bank robbery.

He was wounded by police after leading officers on a brief chase in the area of Lakehurst Court. He was taken to Grant Medical Center and released from the hospital Tuesday. 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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