Police identify suspect in officer shooting in west Columbus

Shawn Toney

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police say a narcotics tactical officer is stable and “in good spirits” after a shooting in west Columbus.

It happened Wednesday evening on the first block of S. Burgess Avenue. Police said tactical officers from the Columbus Police Narcotics Bureau entered the house to execute a search warrant for illegal drugs. The first officer inside was shot while entering the front door. According to police, he was able to return fire and the shooter dropped his weapon.

Then, other officers entered the apartment and took the shooter and four other people into custody.

According to Columbus police, Officer Patrick Shrodes was shot in the hip and taken to Grant Medical Center. Shrodes is a 22-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police and works in narcotics.

“This just goes to show you can be as well-prepared as possible, but you never know what’s on the other side of that door,” Sergeant Rich Weiner said.

Another man in the house, Bernard Cannady, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was treated and interviewed before being released. Police have not determined how he was injured and couldn’t say whether he was injured by the suspect’s gun or the officer’s.

The alleged shooter, now identified at Shawn Toney, suffered minor injuries while resisting arrest. He was treated for his injuries. He is now charged with one count of felonious assault against a police officer, which is a first degree felony.

Police say a handgun and narcotics were recovered at the scene.

The other people who were taken into custody have been interviewed and released.

Neighbors on S. Burgess Avenue said the house at which this happened has been a source of constant problems.

“Any time that there is a lot of drug activity, there are guns and violence,” one woman said. “You never know, you just never know when you’re next on the list of gunfire.”

That woman, who did not want to be identified, said she heard noise close to her house on Wednesday and stepped outside to see what was happening.

“Then I heard the gunshots,” she said. “And it was ‘pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop,’ and I shut the door and I called the police immediately.”

She said she hoped something would be done to put an end to this problem.

“It needs to stop, so that we can have a peaceful community here,” she said.

While there will still be a narcotics investigation, Weiner said the division’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), made up of specially trained senior homicide investigators, would look into the facts of the case since this was an officer-involved shooting. He said that information could eventually go to a prosecutor or grand jury if there is a death. It will also be heard by the division’s firearms review board to determine if the officer used his weapon in accordance with division policies.


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