GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) — A suspect in a fatal shooting is in custody after a standoff with police in northeast Columbus on Sunday.
The incident started with the report of a shooting at a shopping center on the 4800 block of Morse Road at approximately 4:35 p.m. Kandi Henderson, 42, was found suffering from a gunshot wound at the scene. Mifflin Township medics took Henderson to Mount Carmel East hospital in critical condition, but she was pronounced dead at 6:46 p.m.
Police officers including members of the Columbus SWAT team responded to a standoff at approximately 5:35 p.m. on the 1300 block of Lindenwald Drive, a police dispatcher said.
Stephan Turner, 60, barricaded himself inside a home in that area but was later taken into custody at approximately 7:30 p.m., police said. Turner, who dispatchers said was arrested without incident, is a suspect in the shooting, according to police.
Turner is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning.
Henderson was an employee at the Dollar Tree store in the shopping center where she was shot and killed.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred outside a Dollar Tree in Columbus this weekend,” a Dollar Tree spokesperson said in a statement. “We will continue to cooperate fully with local authorities on their investigation. The store was closed today to allow for the police investigation and is expected to reopen tomorrow. As always, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for our associates and customers. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, no further comment will be offered at this time.”
Police said Henderson and Turner were romantically involved in the past, and the incident comes at a time when Franklin County is on pace for the most domestic violence deaths in Ohio.
One shelter is encouraging everyone to know how to help victims of suspected domestic violence.
“If people can just educate themselves about the different resources and making sure that they hear something or see something, trying to be proactive and step in as soon as possible so that we can start to prevent these fatalities,” Maria Houston-Beck, executive director of LSS Choices, said.
The details of what led to the shooting have also not been released. Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).
View more information on the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the resources they provide here or by calling 614-781-9651. If you or a loved one are in need of immediate assistance, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or reach out to LSS Choices via its website or by calling 614-224-4663.