COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus SWAT officers and U.S. Marshall’s arrested a murder suspect Thursday morning after an exchange of gunfire and a barricade situation that lasted for several hours and forced the closure of a major freeway.
Drew Shadwick, a supervisor with the U.S. Marshall’s service said an investigation to locate murder suspect Danthoni Truss of Columbus led officers to the Sheraton Suites hotel on Hutchinson Ave. in north Columbus. Shadwick declined to provide details of the incident.
Hotel guests were rousted from their rooms around 7:30am as officers moved to evacuate the building.
“A couple of U.S. Marshals came and they said get out of the building as soon as possible,” Gaurav Mahrinda said.
Julia Nakhimovsky of New York City huddled outside with other guests in her pajamas.
“I just grabbed the first thing that I saw which was my hoodie and I grabbed my phone and my key and I just went,” Nakhimovsky said.
Some guests heard the gunshots and knew right away something was wrong. For others, the noises they heard didn’t register as gunshots at first. Greg Abbott of St. Louis was eating breakfast downstairs when a woman came running in.
“She was with her husband and she was frantic,” Abbott said. “We asked, ‘is everything ok’ and she said ‘no there’s a lot of gunshots’.”
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Deanthoni Truss was wanted on a murder warrant in connection with a fatal shooting at a Quick Stop convenience store in Columbus in June. Officers arriving on that scene found Tommie Brown, 21, and Kris Pace, 23, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to the hospital. Brown died of his injuries a short time later. Another victim, William Brown, 24, later walked in to the OSU East emergency room with a minor gunshot wound.
The Sheraton Suites Hotel sits along I-270 on the north side of Columbus. After gunfire erupted between Truss and the officers, police closed down all westbound lanes of the freeway closest to the hotel. A hotel window on the second floor shows evidence of what looks like at least a dozen gunshots.
After several hours of negotiations between Truss and SWAT, the standoff ended peacefully. Despite all the gunfire, no one was hurt.
Police said the suspect was Deanthoni Truss who is wanted in connection to a fatal convenience store shooting.