COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A 20-year veteran Columbus Police officer was shot while serving a narcotics warrant in a Linden neighborhood Friday afternoon.
The department says the man whose name hasn’t been released, was part of the investigative tactical, or INTAC, unit.
For Tamika Sherman, the gunfire in this Linden neighborhood that left a Columbus police officer with a gunshot injury to his foot hit close to home for 2 reasons.
“I saw the police officers and stuff and I saw them taped off so I was wondering what was going on then when I came up I saw that my dad’s house was taped off,” she said.
Witnesses said the the gunfire near Cordell and Cleveland avenues just before 1 Friday afternoon was unmistakable.
“I’ve lived out here for like 5,6 years. So I know what a gunshot sounds like,” said witness Jabari Thompson.
Columbus Police spokesperson Dean Worthington said the officer shot was part of the department’s INTAC unit.
“It’s kind of like our narcotics unit’s SWAT team. They execute high-risk search warrants,” said Worthington.
Worthington said suspects, not officers, fired the gunshots.
“The officer was entering the house and he was carrying what’s called a barricade shield and he was shot in the foot as multiple shots rang out,” he said.
Police said they also removed several pitbulls from the home where Tamika Sherman’s father lives and just a few blocks from where she said she too was shot in unrelated gunfire last month.
“I got shot right there on Hudson at the gas station. It’s bad and they need to stop but it is what it is. Society,” she said.
Police said they detained 5 of 8 suspects who were in the home at the time of the shooting. No names have been released and no charges have been filed.