Hilltop gas station robbery and pursuit ends with crash in Upper Arlington

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police say shots were fired by an officer during a pursuit that started with a robbery in the Hilltop and ended with a crash in Upper Arlington.

According to Columbus police, and officer was working a special duty assignment at the Certified Gas Station at 3204 West Broad Street. Police said a man walked into the store, displayed a weapon and demanded cash.

When the suspect saw the officer, police said he ran from the building. During the ensuing foot chase, the officer said he saw the suspect reaching for a gun. The officer fired shots at the suspect, but did not hit him.

Police said the suspect got into a vehicle and drove away. Officers pursued the vehicle, which eventually crashed into a tree at the intersection of N. Star Road and Essex Road in Upper Arlington.

The suspect and the driver of the vehicle were taken into custody.

A weapon was recovered from the car. Police said it turned out to be a pellet gun.

The robbery suspect was identified as 26-year-old John J. Jenkins, Jr. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 20-year-old Rachel Sipple. Police say the investigation continues and charges are pending against both individuals.

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