Police identify suspect, three victims killed in officer-involved shooting Monday night

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Police have identified a suspect and three victims in an officer-involved shooting on Walford Street Monday.

Police say the suspect, who died, is 64-year-old Abadi Gedregziber of Columbus.

Police tell NBC4 officers were called to a home in the 4300 block of Walford Street around 9am Monday on a report of a stabbing.

The officers entered the residence and found three people stabbed inside. Two of the female victims, 33-year-old Azeb Demewez and 18-year-old Selam Habte, were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A third stabbing victim, 51-year-old Alganesh Gebrezgabiher, is in life-threatening condition as of Wednesday morning.

Witnesses say the officers confronted Abadi Gedregziber with a knife outside of the residence. Police tell NBC4 the officers on scene were ultimately forced to shoot him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

No officers were injured. 

As part of the investigation on Walford, officers went to an address on Fitzroy nearby where they discovered another body, that of 19-year-old Russom Habte. Officers say he had died from apparent stab wounds.

Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) and Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services have established a fund to support the children of the victims. 

Sgt. Gregg Seevers, a 21-year veteran of the police force was identified as the officer who shot the suspect. Seever was placed on a three-day administrative leave.

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