Deputy expected to recover, suspect killed in pursuit and shootout

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A Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy is expected to recover after a pursuit and shootout in southwest Columbus on Saturday.

A suspect was shot and killed following a brief pursuit that ended near Harrisburg Pike and Eakin Road. The deputy was initially rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but later upgraded to stable after surgery at Grant Medical Center.

Sheriff Dallas Baldwin spent part of the evening at that hospital with his deputy, who officials have not identified yet. Baldwin said the deputy works second-shift patrol and is a seven-year veteran of the force.

“When you get a call from your radio room that you’ve got a deputy shot or an officer shot, you immediately think the worst,” Baldwin said.

FCSO public information officer Marc Gofstein said the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop near the corner of Harrisburg Pike and Clime Road around 6:34pm and the suspect fled. The deputy was alone in the cruiser.

After a 5-to-6 minute pursuit, Gofstein said, the suspect crashed into a pole near Harrisburg Pike and Eakin Road. Shots were exchanged and the deputy was struck by a bullet. The suspect was shot and killed.

“When the shots ended, I ran across the street where the officer was at because he was wounded,” said Josh, a witness to the shooting. “He was shot in his vest at the bottom.”

Josh said he watch from his vehicle as officers drew their guns and ordered the suspect to get down before several shots rang out.

“First there was like one round of shots going off; then it stopped,” he said. “Then it was another shots of round going off and then after that stopped, that’s when I left the vehicle.”

The suspect has not been identified as the incident remains under investigation.

The FCSO sent a Tweet asking for thoughts and prayers for the deputy.

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