COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A vice officer shot and killed a woman after she stabbed him, a spokesperson with Columbus Police tells NBC4.
The female suspect is dead. The officer is recovering at the hospital.
Officers tell us around 11:30am, the officer was working on prostitution complaints in the area of Bellows and S. Yale Avenue.
Police said the officer was attempting to take a suspect into custody inside his unmarked vehicle. At some point, the female suspect stabbed the officer in the hand, according to police. Police say the officer then defended himself by shooting the woman, killing her.
Police said the officer fired his gun several times while inside his vehicle.
“All this occurred inside the vehicle. So we are talking close quarters. Any plain-clothes assignment is dangerous,” said CPD spokesperson Rich Weiner.
The officer is a 30 year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police
The identity of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.