CPD officer shoots suspect during burglary, police say

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police say a burglary suspect was injured Tuesday after being shot by one of their officers.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, an off-duty Columbus police sergeant woke up and found a burglar inside his home in southern Franklin County. He then shot the burglar.

The suspect, identified by deputies as 36-year-old Jason Boswell, was found around 12:30pm on the 300 block of South Highland Avenue in Columbus. A car was found a short distance away with some blood in it.

The suspect was taken to Mount Carmel West Hospital in stable condition. Officials said he is expected to be in the hospital overnight.

Marc Gofstein, a spokesman for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the police sergeant was awakened by the sound of breaking glass. “The sergeant was able to get his weapon and discharge it and the suspect immediately fled in a vehicle,” Gofstein said.

The burglary suspect immediately fled to a vehicle and got away.

Less than hour later, a call came in of a gunshot victim in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus.

A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured video of what is believed to be the getaway vehicle pulling out onto Pervience Street where officers found the suspect was found bleeding from at least two gunshot wounds.

The car was found a couple hundred feet away with blood stains inside. The trunk ajar with what looked like a flat screen TV in the back.

Boswell is scheduled to be arraigned on an aggravated burglary charge in Franklin County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning.

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