Columbus Police identify officers who fired guns during pursuit

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police has identified two officers who fired their guns during a vehicle pursuit on Wednesday.

Police say a suspect, 37-year-old Roger Wayne Knapp of Lockbourne, was driving a Ford-F350 that had been reported stolen from Pickaway County.

As officer approached the vehicle, police say the driver attempted to get away and drove towards one of the officers. 

Officers Michael Neal and Matthew Deerwester discharged their firearms at the suspect, according to police. 

Neal is a 16 year veteran with the Columbus Division of Police, and Deerwester is a 13 year veteran with the force.

Knapp was not injured by the gunfire and ran from the scene. He was captured after a brief foot pursuit and taken into custody. He has been charged with one count of receiving stolen property. More charges may follow. 

The investigation into the police involved shooting continues. 

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