COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A 17-year-old boy is in stable condition after an officer-involved shooting in east Columbus Saturday afternoon.
According to Columbus police, the incident started at 3:31 p.m. in the area of East Main Street and Seymour Avenue when officers made a traffic stop.
A police spokesperson at the scene said there were four people in the vehicle when it was stopped.
Police said two suspects, the 17-year-old and an 18-year-old man, got out of the back of the car and displayed handguns.
Police said the 17-year-old was shot by a police officer, while the 18-year-old ran from the car on foot. He was caught moments later on the 1500 block of East Mound Street.
“One of the occupants of the vehicle was shot at least one time,” said Columbus Division of Police Sgt. Joe Albert. “They were transported to Grant Hospital in critical condition. They have since been upgraded to stable condition.”
A third person inside the car, a 19-year-old man, was arrested in connection with an unrelated warrant.
Police said officers found at least two firearms at the scene.
“There were several guns recovered at the scene, and an officer does not need to be fired upon, to necessarily use any type of force, before that happens,” said Fraternal Order of Police President Jeff Simpson.
The incident happened close to a neighborhood block party where many members of the community gathered.
“We’re in the middle of a Saturday afternoon in Columbus on a nice weather day, so it’s very concerning,” Albert said.
There are no reported injuries to the officers involved in the incident.
Charges are pending against two people taken into custody while a third suspect was arrested for an unrelated warrant. A fourth person inside the car was released from the scene.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called in to look into the incident.