CPD seeking tips about Linden area paintball incidents

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Police in Columbus are looking for tips about a group of people terrorizing the Linden neighborhood with paintball guns.

Since the first of the month, police say they have responded to nearly two dozen reports of people driving while firing paintballs at each other in the Linden area. Neighbors have been left to clean the paint off their homes and cars.

“We are responding as if it is a real firearm, said Sgt. Dana Hess. “We have to respond to whatever situation that is coming at us. I would hate to have to use our firearm against them when it’s a paintball gun and we’re just doing our job to protect ourselves and the public.”

Monday night, police say they made a traffic stop and found paintball guns in a vehicle. Three men were taken into custody. They have not yet definitively connected the men to the series of incidents.

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