Two suspects were killed and two Columbus police officers were injured during a pursuit in the Clintonville area Wednesday morning.
According to police, officers were pursuing a man who had been identified as a person of interest in the homicide of Lance M. Glenn that occurred on April 5 in the area of East Hudson Avenue and Howey Road.
Through the homicide investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle described as a brown SUV, according to police.
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Officers received a tip that the vehicle had been seen in the area of Brighton Road and North High Street at about 5 a.m. Two officers located the vehicle and attempted to stop the suspects, a male and female, in the area of Brighton Road and Hennepin Avenue, according to police.
Columbus police has identified the suspects as 21-year-old Kourtney Hahn and Emanuel Gatewood, 24.
According to family members, Hahn was Gatewood's girlfriend.
Columbus Division of Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Weiner said the suspects in the vehicle opened fire on the officers and sped off. Multiple bullets struck the windows of the cruiser, causing several shards of glass to hit the officers in the neck, arms and legs. The injured officers called for backup and were able to transport themselves to Riverside Methodist Hospital to be treated.
Weiner said additional Columbus police units responded and a pursuit ensued. Officers followed the suspect vehicle east on East North Broadway and then north on North High Street.
The vehicle was spiked during the pursuit, but the suspects continued for a short distance before the driver lost control of the vehicle, driving through a row of bushes before the vehicle came to rest in the parking lot of Columbus Fire Station 19 located at the intersection of North High Street and West Torrence Road.
The suspects continued to fire at officers, at which time officers returned fire, police said.
The suspects were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The initial investigation indicates that seven officers returned fire and 11 witnessed the shooting. There were also five personnel from Columbus fire who witnessed the shooting. It appears the suspects were shooting at officers from inside the vehicle, according to Columbus police.
Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots fired in the area. There was a large number of rounds fired within a four-block radius, according to Weiner.
No one in the area of the shooting was struck by the crossfire, according to police. "From what we can tell, no one innocent was hurt and there were a lot of possibilities of that happening considering the circumstances," said Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs.
The initial investigation indicates that two firearms were found inside the vehicle; a handgun and a high-powered weapon.
"We have a lot of forensic evidence we're going to have to sort through," Weiner said.
Columbus police initially reported one officer had been shot during the incident.
Gatewood was named as a person of interested in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Glenn after a verbal altercation outside an after hours club on April 5 at about 6 a.m.. Weiner said officers had been searching for the suspect's vehicle for several weeks.
NBC4 learned that Gatewood pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in 2007, and improper handling of a firearm in 2009.
A cousin of Hahn tells NBC4 that Hahn would have done anything for her boyfriend. Hahn and Gatewood have been dating since Hahn went to Groveport High School.
Her sister who didn't want to be identified, but said the family wanted to keep her away from Gateood, who was always in and out of prison.
"If you are ever in that kind of situation just get away. It's not worth it. It's just not," said Hahn's sister.
North High Street was closed between West Torrence Road and West North Broadway until about 4:30 p.m. The intersection of Brighton Road and Hennepin Avenue was also closed until Wednesday afternoon.
The businesses along North High Street, just north of North Broadway, are described as a funky eclectic group of stores you won't find in a strip center or mall.
They are small businesses with one or two employees that sell items for niche markets.
"You'll notice that there's no one out on the street, really. It kind of looks like a ghost town in this spot," said Natalie Fox, of Momentum98 on North High Street.
On Wednesday, the businesses affected by the road closure focused on Internet sales or completing other chores that didn't involve dealing with customers face-to-face. Many just remained closed while others hoped for the best.
Elm and Iron, which is called a re-purposing store where old items find new uses, opened last fall. The front door of the business was open, but there was no way for customers to drive to the business.
"We still get a lot of people that drive by here on High Street. This building is very easy to notice, so they stop in, they come from Kroger and stop in, so I think a lot of it, it's going to affect us today. It's going to be kind of our destination customers," said Dan McClurg, of Elm and Iron.
Several vehicles and homes in the area of the shooting may have been struck by the gunfire. Columbus police officials advise residents not to touch or remove any bullets or casings if they find them on their property. If you find a bullet or casing you are asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4545.
The investigation is ongoing.
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