COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A deputy U.S. marshal was injured and a suspect is dead after a shooting that occurred Wednesday morning during an arrest in southeast Columbus.
A marshals fugitive task force was sent to serve an arrest warrant in the 2700 block of Four Seasons Drive for a person wanted on a felony robbery charge by Columbus police. During the arrest, an unknown male began firing at the officers, striking the deputy marshal in the upper torso.
According to officials, as deputies were removing a suspect from the home, there was an exchange of gunfire between deputies and at least one other person in the house.
One person inside the home was shot, later being pronounced dead at Mount Carmel East Hospital.
The deputy marshal was taken to Grant Medical Center.
“One of the members of the task force, a U.S. Marshal, was struck, transported to a local hospital, and expected to live,” said Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rick Minerd.
The identities of the persons shot have yet to be released.
Several others were taken into custody, Minerd said, including the person who was being served the warrant.
“Stuff like that don’t really be happening out here,” said resident Zayonte Tatum. “It makes me feel like I’ve got to watch my sisters, and my sister, she’s always outside, so I got to keep an extra eye on her when I let her outside.”
Minerd said the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be the lead agency investigating the shooting. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Columbus police, and other agencies also responded to the scene.
Supervisory Deputy Charles Sanso of the U.S. Marshals provided details on the task force operation. That a law enforcement officer had been shot was first confirmed by the Fraternal Order of Police. Madison Township officials originally confirmed the condition of the officer and the person who was killed. Columbus police had said none of their officers was involved in the exchange of gunfire.
The makeup of the marshal’s task force was not known. At least one state parole officer was part of it, according to a statement from their union.